Japanese Toilet

I was talking to someone on the plane yesterday while returning to SF and had a flashback to a bad Japanese Toilet experience.

I thought that as a public service I would give everyone access to this extremely helpful how-to guide. By the way, if anyone wants to hear the details of my near-tragic experience, please let me know.


  1. i’d love to know about your experience. i was in japan last year…and using the bathroom was difinitely a culture shock. damn am i glad to live in america.

    #1 by john — July 21, 2002 @ 5:45 am

  2. Ok, here’s what happened. First, I did not squat in the right direction–I was backwards and was not facing the controls.

    After the deed was done, I had to pirouette to access the paper. In addition, I was on the tip of my toes the whole time and cramped in that position–I almost couldn’t get up.

    #2 by Nugget — July 21, 2002 @ 8:18 am

  3. I’ve been in Japan on business over 25 times and have only *had* to use one once. It was after a particularly rancid McDonald’s hamburger meal in Kyoto. It was in a subway station bathroom (which was also rancid) and I had no imind shares to wipe with so I had to use a FAX from a friend which happened to be in my bag. Shiny, but it worked! When I flushed, the water pressure sprayed the pile all over the floor…barely missed me.

    #3 by Alan — July 22, 2002 @ 4:18 am

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