Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Japanese Toilet

Japanese toilets make flushing sounds to help you get in the mood!
Unfortunately it sounds more like a fire breathing dragon, which happens to be the one thing that makes me pee shy.

46 comments:

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

I'm really speechless from these things.... I don't know if I should laugh or cry???!!! :D
xxx

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Jamie Lane said...

That's awesome. Where can I get one for my house??

Queen of Fun said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, I think that noise is to mask any uhhhhhhhhhhhh noises you are making.
I imagine practically no one is fooled.
We have a photo of a toilet in Paris where the ring/seat rotated in a circle but the ring was oval (had to be there). It was the hit on a two bottle of wine night.
"Toilets of the World" Book idea? Or -- "Potty Humor"?

Courtney said...

That toilet has more buttons than my remote control!

Kourtney said...

That is too funny... I am liking the button for spray. The little butt symbol is cute. Hope you are having a blast!!!

Dave White said...

Brilliant, Don't Know about the spray button, hope its not too high pressure!!!!

Troop Daulton said...

hysterical. period.

Karen Wallace said...

Yes, this ups the experience. Warmly, Karen

Maggie May said...

Can you imagine sitting down to hear a hissing snake in the toilet? I'd be scarred like I was after Pyscho- couldn't shower comfortably for YEARS.

Tabitha said...

oh wow!
i read somewhere that Japanese people get really embarrassed by the actual sound of using the bathroom, so those buttons are to help cover it up. But you're right, they almost make it scarier! haha, bring on the peeing stage fright!

Gabi @ {schlawittchen} said...

LOL :).

Martijn Mendel said...

wow! that's actually a very smart idea

Eric said...

Those bidet seats are the best! I still can't, for the life of me, figure out why they haven't caught on more in the US. I don't know about you, but I like a clean shiny hiney.

Oh and the word verification thingie below is "stapplop." Coincidence?

Barbara said...

haha ok this made me laugh!

Bridget Beaver said...

actually, they have them to save water, instead of constantly flushing the toilet to drown out the trill of their stream.

I work at a high school in Japan where the other female faculty (and students) continue to continuously flush the toilet (since we don't have these electronic babies installed), despite the fact that we've been issued a warning from the water company that we have been using way too much water.

Japan is so eco-friendly!

Val_ said...

Oh yes..that's interesting...but what about the "spray" and "bidet" options?!
Just suggest to avoid the symbols...they're pretty clear!
Valeria

mandy said...

It looks and sounds like your having an interesting time in Japan........
Ps I've linked your shadow stickers post on my blog, thank you for the inspiration!
Now remember, wash your hands (I expect there's a button for that too!)

Anna said...

Can't stop loving you.

Caits said...

That's absolutely terrifying!! D: D:

I mean... dragons are amazing but not when they hide in your toilet :/

Laura said...

I had one of these in my apartment when I lived in China. The best part was the heated seat in winter. I had to cook in my winter coat and scarf but my bum was always toasty warm!

Jutta said...

Oh my goodness, the Japanese have invented everything! :D

SillyJaime | Jaime 2.0 said...

Dude, everything makes me pee shy! But I think if this was happening whilst I peed, I might feel like no one can hear me and it would make my shy bladder not-so-shy.

I'm His Kid said...

Thanks for posting on the "Darndest things". I am lovin it.

Operation Smiley Face said...

Is that really for real? Leave it to you Katie to find something like that LOL. Keep enjoying, keep taking pics and keep sharing your trip and fun finds please. I enjoy them so much. :)

CHiLL said...

Those types of toilets are awesome.
In the Bandai factory in Shizuoka, the male restroom has colorful toilets with bright colors like some of their Gundam models. There's even caution sign on the door to them!
Such a shame the ladie's restroom isn't the same.
Some other toilets have had different flushing sounds as well if I do remember.
I think the ones at the Tokyo Youth Hostel I stayed at had a more musical sounding one.

Flowtops said...

Other "cover-ups" I remember from my brief stays in Japan almost twenty years ago: Free pasties to wear under your bathing suit in the swimming pool and not-so-free caps for your hair, 24-hour deodorant for cats and dogs, disposable underwear soaked in perfume, and mangas (to me they were mostly cover-ups for hideous porn).

Back then, I felt like Alice in Wonderland, but in hindsight I thoroughly enjoyed Japan.

RUBIA ARGYI said...

I am Japanese.
Heated seat is so useful in winter.
But I do not use flushing sounds.

mylifereinvented said...

The toilets in Japan always confused me. I remember one time I in a bathroom in the subway and thought I was flushing one, but instead what appeared to be the "flush me button" was the emergency alarm. About 10 people ran in ready to help only to find a shocked and embarrassed American trying to flush the toilet. They weren't happy. Believe me when I say that was one time when I was happy I didn't understand Japanese.

elizabeth said...

technology is amazing!

Les Soeurs W said...

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Les Soeurs W said...

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Vanessa said...

Oh gosh this is ridiculous...

tywo said...

Oh wow!
I don't know what to say. It's cute.



LOVE!

Captain Dumbass said...

They should have a recording of Godzilla screaming. Not only would that be way cooler but it would probably speed that 'mood' along.

v a m p i r e said...

i think if its me i will be freaked out lol

Ev said...

that noise is just creepy... =/

anyways, random and a bit off topic, but i just wanted to say that I really adore your blog!

you really brighten my day.

lately i've been in a bit of a photo slump, but i look at your blog and i'm suddenly inspired!

keep being awesome! ^_^

and have a fun and safe trip in Asia!

PS: you should have dropped by korea.

lisanne said...

Lol



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Disneypal said...

My niece lives in Japan, she told me about those and said the sound effects were there to "mask" the noises that you may make yourself - LOL !!

Sadako said...

Eric, I too love a shiny clean hiney. Wish we had more bidet love in the U.S.

The noise is hilarious. Maybe it's for people who hate making noises in public restrooms when taking a crap? (Who doesn't?)

Annah said...

I am obsessed with all things Japan so I am LOVING this. Thanks for sharing.

mikan said...

haha.. that is just so common in Japan. You wouldn't feel weird anymore once you get used to those buttons :-p

Heated seat is great in winter and washing bum and the bidet are actually very good to clean yourself. You just gotta be careful not to play with them when you are not sitting, ha!

Laurie Lowry said...

Ha Ha we lived in Okinawa and now Iwakuni... when my five year old was potty training we thought it would be funny to hit the spray button and have the water splash her in the butt. Anyways.... three years later and she still opts for the button less squatty potty. ;)

Have fun in Japan we love it so much we are hoping to be here for 6 more years!!!

Olga said...

I read somewhere that the Japanese are embarrassed by their peeing sounds, so that's supposed to muffle the sound. But yeah, fire breathing dragon sound, kinda scary. :)

Louis said...

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Laura Bee said...

HOORAY! I'm heading there tommorow, these things make me happy!

Frk. Thit said...

Wow, I had to go to the toilet after watching this video - haha! Thank you Japan.