Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Japanese Bathrooms: Toto Washlets


Japanese Toto Washlets always have heated toilet seats that activate when you sit down. Then, on the wall or on an attached console arm on the toilet itself, there are assorted buttons that you push to make the toilet perform various functions.


The most common buttons activate a frontal water spray or a rear water spray for maximum cleanliness. You can customize the water pressure for those functions with another button. Deluxe models have a button for dispensing air freshener too. And the so-called "princess models" have a button that activates the sound effect of running water to drown out any unladylike bathroom noises you may make. We encountered the Toto Washlet's most ultra-deluxe feature only once on our trip, where simply walking into the bathroom stall causes sensors on the toilet to automatically raise the lid for you.

Oh, and of course after all that, there's a button to flush the toilet too. Sometimes that button is located on the floor so you just step on it. Deluxe Washlets flush automatically by themselves.

And let me tell you -- when we got home to our own North American toilets, we sure felt like we were being forced to slum it, LOL!

[Photos by Debra She Who Seeks]

40 comments:

Shalet Jimmy said...

I was going to ask about the ' flush ' button. You just cant imagine how Indian ones...

Laurie said...

wow, the limousines of toilets!

quietmind279 said...

ooo that sounds like a very luxurious toilets!! I think I want one :)

Doug Jamieson said...

Looks like a good place to spend time. Could probably get through a couple of sections of the newspaper.

mxtodis123 said...

Oh, I like that idea.
Mary

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Now you're talking! A posh pooper, lol.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wow, talk about fancy! A magazine holder right beside one of these babies is a must!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Ohh yeah I felt the same when I returned from my Japan trip. We are so backward when it comes to luxury toilets. LOL I did however, use the traditional toilets as well.
Nicole/Beadwright

M. D. Jackson said...

It's official. Japan is the pinnacle of civilization. We're just grunting barbarians in comparison.

Jeanne said...

Oooohhhhh ..... heated toilet seats! Very nice!

Melanie said...

And there is something else out there now that I never knew I needed! Heated seat?? I'm all in!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Wow! These must make the potty experience quite entertaining. My toilet does nothing except the the self closing quiet lid. I feel deprived now!

Sulky Kitten said...

What I wouldn't do for one of those - the Princess one would be great!

Laeli said...

WANT! Those are awesome. Everything less after something that fancy is always a loss:( I wonder how much one of those suckers would be to install??

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i need one of these but my husband already spends way too much time on the pot!

greekwitch said...

We did n't have these in our schools! lol

Fundy Blue said...

Modern life just complicates everything! This would be nice to experience after toilets say in Cambodia!

brandi said...

~i think my love and littles would move right in...i would never see them if we had such a toilet! much love light and blessings~

Workingdan said...

How much does one toilet need? Just give me a pot to piss in and the ability to flush it and I'm good!

DEZMOND said...

this is the first time somebody blogs about toilets, Debs you will go into history :PPP

Francie M said...

Uh, thanks, Debra.

Lois said...

I am still traumatized from my first experience with a bidet when I was 13. I was trying to give a urine sample at Woman's College Hospital and the room [closet] had this strange toilet which was not a toilet, and the water was HOT. Rude, to say the least. I don't think I've been near one since.

And the toilets in Mexico have no seats!

Cheryl said...

As a Realtor, I see these toilets in homes for sale every once in a while. They are expensive so they aren't the norm.

Rue said...

Oh my. Going to the washroom turns into a whole experience. I know I'd be spending more time in there if I had one of those!

Dancing Goddess said...

"Unladylike bathroom noises" ha! So what is a ladylike bathroom noise?

AlbertaMama said...

I want one of these. I felt like I was slumming it again when I went from a self-closing lid to a regular lid. One of these would be heaven!

sophie...^5 said...

I'd be all confused trying to figure out what to use and then probably would end up being sent into outer space like a projectile!

laughingwolf said...

water pressure... up yer butt?

holy crap, batman!

Nina Gray said...

oooooo now that's what is a potty experience!!

Sarita Rucker said...

Ok, so I had thought that all those fancy gadgets on their toilets were a bit ridiculous. I still think it's a bit much, but I REALLY like the idea of the heated seat.

Judy said...

Wonder why we don't have toilets like that here?

Magic Love Crow said...

I think I would be in there all day, playing around! LOL! Actually, my mom and brother are Buddhists. We have a lot of Japanese friends. One of them have this toilet in their home. It's always a treat to go there! LOL!

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Fantastic! I showed my son, who is in love with everything Japanese, and he has seen one as he scours the internet for anything pertaining to the Asian culture.

The Happy Whisk said...

Forced to slum it. That's funny.

JACKIESUE said...

I want one

Jim said...

YES! Give me this over those 'squat' models!!! Any day!

-E- said...

Did you go to that giant department store in Akihabara? They have like a whole floor just devoted to toilets.

Mother Moon said...

How did we ever get by when we had to venture outdoors to the out house to tend to our business and sitting next to us was the sears catalog... for reading as well as other uses...

heartinhand said...

All I want my toilet to do is catch my stuff and not be much smaller than my rump. I'm a girl of simple needs.

Birdie said...

If I win the lottery I am buying one!