An Alien's Battle with Japanese Toilets

by Yuri

 

I am very well aware that Japan had these high-tech speaking toilets prior to my trip to Tokyo, but being able to use an actual one is still quite amusing. There are basically two types of toilets you'd usually see: 1) Japanese-style toilet (or called "washiki"), and the 2) Western-style toilet which we are used to.

 

An Alien's Battle with Japanese Toilets

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Western-style toilets in Japan normally have water sprinklers that wash those private parts after taking a pee or a poo, heaters, bidet, and even speakers that play music or flushing sounds to cover those embarrasing noises during a toilet ritual. It was quite weird at first to see all those buttons and all those lights silently staring at you while you take care of your toilet business and I told myself that I won't be needing to push any of those buttons. But curiosity eventually knocked on my door so I tried the bottom sprinkler feature of one super toilet in the dormitory I was staying in. It had a very tingling sensation at first, but I learned to love it anyway. 

 

An Alien's Battle with Japanese Toilets

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An Alien's Battle with Japanese Toilets

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Japanese-style toilets are toilets built on the floor where you need to squat in order to complete your toilet ritual. This, particurly was one of the most shocking things I encountered in Japan. Although almost every establishment in Tokyo are now equipped with western-style ones, there are also times where western-style toilets are either not available, or is currently in use. I was on a campus tour at Tokyo University with Tokyo University students that time when I was really desperate to free up my already full bladder. Unfortunately, all western-style toilets were occupied at the moment so I had no choice but to try the Japanese-style one... and happily, I survived the test. 

 

An Alien's Battle with Japanese Toilets

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An Alien's Battle with Japanese Toilets

 


28 Jul 2014

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