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Reverse Toilet Culture Shock

A terrible tale of number two

The trip would have rated as near-perfect except for one thing… American toilets.

Japanese high-tech toilet controller buttons.
Image by Edward Thomas using Canva

Where are all the buttons, flashing lights, and other doodads?

How do you clean up after you’re finished?

Basic American toilet with the lid open.
Image by Edward Thomas using Canva

Japanese toilets — modern marvels of toilet technology

Washlet spraying water.
Image by Edward Thomas using Canva

All of this gets one wondering:

  • Have you ever tried a Japanese toilet?
  • If so, what did you think of it?
  • Why do you think Japanese toilets are not popular in the U.S.?

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Edward Thomas

Chicago native, resident of Japan since 1969. Japanese>English translator, copywriter, editor. Teaches English at a Japanese University.