Toilet in Japan

By Yoshi, December 13, 2010

Where is a toilet?
To-i-re ha doko desuka?

If it’s your lunch time, please read this later :)

There are 2 types of toilet in Japan. One is a simple squat toilet called “washiki”, means “Japanese style”. you can still find it sometimes.

And the other type is modern Western-type one, now it become common. And you can see these buttons near the seat. Now 70% of toilets in japan have a bidet, called washlets, a brand name of Toto Ltd.


The feature set commonly found on washlets are anus washing, bidet washing, seat warming, drying, and deodorization.
Some toilets has automatic lid opening and closing functions as well.
Many Japanese women are embarrassed at the thought of being heard by others during using toilet(urination). To cover the sound, many women used to flush public toilets continuously while using them, wasting a large amount of water in the process.

Therefore “Toto” made this accessoriy. This device called “Otohime” (sound princess) creates a loud flushing sound similar to a toilet being flushed. you can see it at public toilets. (maybe only for women).
I’ve found a good video, a man introduce a japanese toilet on Youtube.

Amazing? if you like, please push buttons while sitting on the seat!!
If you were not sitting, you would get wet! Be careful :)