High-tech Japanese toilets: music-playing, water-spraying and what's else?
During my trip to Japan, I got the chance to experience the kind of toilet that has as many functions as...iPhone.
In Japan, toilets are not only for human needs but also demonstrate the detail-oriented culture of Japanese people.
Open up when someone steps in and the seat is heated when the weather is cold
When you "finish", just push a button and water will be sprayed out automatically (you can choose between strong or weak mode and cool or warm water), and the toilet will flush automatically as soon as you get off of the toilet seat.
What's more, the toilet in Hitachi park where I visited even...played the sound of birds chirping so you can feel less shy when "answering the call of nature".
The thoughtfulness of Japanese people is also expressed in the fact that all toilets have braille for the blind, tables for diaper-changing, toddler seats for children when parents go to the toilet, and paper to put on the toilet seat placed next to toilet paper, etc.
Still, modern toilets have their own disadvantages that lead to awkward situations
To begin with, many tourists get confused when using the toilet because they can't read Japanese and are not instructed properly. Once, I saw a woman spending more than 10 minutes in the toilet finding the level to flush because she did not know that it would flush automatically when the door opened.
I, when using the toilet for the first time, also encountered a problem: when I finished, I pushed the button for water but it would not stop after a while; turned out, it would not stop automatically and I had to push the red button next to the first one for the water to stop.
The toilet is considered a sacred place and is under the rule of a beautiful goddess
There is even a song praising her named Toire no kamisama (Goddess in the toilet).
This beautiful goddess possesses a significant influence on childbirth. Japanese people also believe that if pregnant women clean the toilet frequently, they will give birth to beautiful children. Also, children cleaning the toilet frequently will become beautiful when they grow up.
Besides, to help children learn Kanji, Japan's Ministry of Education created a character with a special look: Professor Poop with a beard and round glasses in the book Unko Kanji Doriru (Poop Kanji Drills). 1,83 million copies have been sold both in Japan and abroad.
What's more, in some localities in Japan, there are symbols of luck in poop shape because the syllable "un" in the word "unko" (poop) is pronounced the same as the word "luck" in Japanese.
The poop symbol is very popular in Japan and is made into keychains, stuffed animals, and even became a famous chat icon on the Internet.
Japanese children, even from a young age, are well-educated with a good sense of hygiene
Closing the toilet lid when flushing, not staining the sink, and cleaning the toilet regularly, etc. In elementary schools, it is normal for students to take turns to clean the toilet when they are on duty. This act is not considered a "punishment" or a "low-prestige" job like in many other countries.
Toilets in Japan are always rated as the cleanest in the world, which is not only thanks to regular cleaning staff but also because every Japanese person is aware that they need to keep it clean for the next person. Isn't this lesson admirable and worth learning?
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