Japanese bathrooms

June 3, 2010 vidajimenez

Before I went to Japan I had to mentally prepare myself for the culture difference when it comes to the restrooms or should I say  the toilets.  When I heard we would have to hover over an oval bowl in the ground I wasn’t very excited because truthfully I didn’t want to have an accident on my shoes.  But the installation of railing was very helpful and after a few times it was like second nature.

However my favorite toilets by far were the western style toilets; mainly because they were so high-tech. I have never seen so many buttons in a bathroom stall. Just a few of the features I saw were bidet, strong perfume/deodorizer, flushing sounds or music, water pressure and even heated seats. It made me realize how considerate and polite the Japanese really are and that even your bathroom experience is pleasant.  My favorite bathroom was at the sumo stadium, the sink was a soap dispenser, faucet and hand dryer all in one.

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  • 1. kevinb18  |  June 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    On the men side of things I didn’t see too many of the Japanese style toilets most of them were western style. Some of the bathrooms had a mix between western style and maybe one stall would be Japanese. The only problem that I was having that at some of the places like the subway wouldn’t have paper towel, a blow dryer and sometimes not even soap.


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