Toilet Culture: The Bizarre Rise of Japan’s High Tech Toilets

Thomas Ambrosini
Jul 31, 2019 · 7 min read

Tranquility is not a word most people would use to describe their time in a public bathroom. Disgust? Sure. Awkwardness? Maybe. Shame? On occasion. But people might change their tune if they sat in a Tokyo department store bathroom, cheeks to climate-controlled seat, atop the Toto Washlet C100 — a $600 toilet. Quite frankly, the experience is sublime, which makes you wonder: how did…