Toilet Training

As I’ve mentioned before, using bathrooms in Japan can be very complicated, since the toilets are so high tech. Even in public restrooms that feature many stalls with simple squat toilets (porcelain holes in the ground, essentially), you can usually find at least one stall with a sit-on “Western-style” toilet – only, it’s sure to be way, way more fancy than any toilet I’ve ever seen in “the West.”

So when I used the bathroom a Yuzawaya (an amazing all-things-crafty store, by the way), I was both thankful for the detailed instructions on how to use the bathroom….and also amazed that a bathroom might be so tricked-out it requires instructions for every aspect.

On the left, instructions for how to clean your toilet seat before using it, and the cleanser itself – you take some toilet paper, squirt some cleanser on it, wipe your seat, and voila! All sanitized. (These cleaners are a standard feature in most public restrooms.)

To the right is the hands-free flush – simply wave your hands in front of the square sensor, and the toilet flushes.  No touching, no kicking a knob with your foot, etc.  Here instructions are very helpful, however, since there are a wide variety of toilet flush options and every bathroom seems to be different. And very often, the hands free option only provides the sound of a toilet flushing (to disguise any other bathroom sounds), it does not actually flush the toilet.This one is the real deal, though.

Detailed instructions, in French, English and Japanese, for how to change the toilet paper roll.

Detailed instructions, printed on a sticker on the stall door, about how to use the fancy options on the actual toilet – different bidet options, a flushing sound (indicated by the musical note), the “powerful deodorizer,” sound volume and water pressure options.

This actually IS a complicated sink, with automatic soap and water dispensing features, and an automatic hand dryer built right in. So I was grateful there were instructions on the sink itself…

…and more detailed instructions on a sticker on the mirror above the sink.

Finally, my favorite! Instructions for the baby-changing table. Don’t drop your baby, don’t abandon your baby in a public restroom, and shoot daggers at your baby with your eyes.

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2 thoughts on “Toilet Training

  1. Omg! Thank god you told me about shooting daggers at the baby!!! I didn’t know! 🙂
    When Japanese come to the us they must be horrified by our public restrooms! Yikes

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