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I once asked a guy what he feared most about traveling abroad and he surprised me when he replied, “Toilets.”

What is the background? Let’s investigate this fascination…..

There is a long history of respecting toilets

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In you live in Japan, odds are there is a god residing in your toilet. And here is the music video:

Toilets collect everything we eat, and we also make ourselves vulnerable when we use them. These are some of the supposed reasons for having a toilet god. Keeping your toilet clean is respecting this deity.

You know what they say, cleanliness is next to godliness. 

Especially true if there happens to be a god in your toilet!

Unnecessarily nice toilet paper

Treat yourself to an artistic experience on your toilet. Hanabisho only makes 150 rolls of this toilet paper a day. They are made out of traditional Japanese paper, washi. But the paper has been engineered to be gentle to the touch.

Better yet, treat your loved one to it! One set of 8 rolls is just 10,800 yen on Amazon.

There are all types of toilet paper available as well…

 

Washlets

If you have ever encountered a nice, new toilet in Japan you might have noticed that it came with a robot-like control panel:

From portal.nifty.com

This is a Washlet, produced by TOTO. Washlets can be added to almost any toilet. They usually come with features like a rear spray, a bidet, and an Otohime (I describe this below). They are mostly sold in Japan, so they can be a pretty big point of interest to foreign visitors.

True story: when my family came to Japan to visit me, our hotel room had a washlet in it and my brother was intrigued by all the buttons. He wanted to see it in action without sacrificing his butt being sprayed so he pushed the button and just stepped back (DO NOT DO THIS).

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Visual approximation of events ↑

Well, unfortunately for Washlet fans, not every toilet has this control panel on it. You can, however, buy your very own portable version of the Washlet.

Yay! Conservation of toilet paper! Also less chance of chafing delicate skin…

 

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