Japan's toilets are clean and high-tech! Why, you might ask? Because they have a bidet! Sometimes called a washlet or a shower toilet, a bidet is used for cleaning your rear-end at the press of a button after you're done with your business. That's all well and good, but some people might be... hesitant to use one.
We'll teach you the basics about how to use a bidet that you might be too embarrassed to ask about!!
Depending on the model, some toilets have sensors to see when a person enters the stall or room, and then open their lid automatically.
"Why's the toilet seat moving on its own right when I walk in!?" You might be wondering, but... it's nothing to worry about.
That's just the toilet welcoming you in.
Flushing Sound, or OTO-HIME in Japanese, is an included feature on some models that's perfect for people who are concerned about the noise a toilet makes when you flush it.
Pressing a button, or sometimes triggered when you sit down, will play a sound of running water.
This will let you finish your business without worrying about the noise.
Some toilets have heated seats to embrace your bottom in the winter, making it easy to take care of business.
This is where bidets really come into their own.
Sit firmly in place on the toilet seat.
Make sure you're sitting fully on the seat otherwise you might get water on your clothes or back!
Next, look at the remote controls on the side of the toilet, or it could be on the wall next to it!
Lots of buttons, aren't there?
We're going to explain them for you.
Well, what do you think? I bet you won't be able to go back to regular toilets after using a bidet!
Next time you're in Japan, be brave and give one a try.
* The text and icons on the buttons will vary depending on the make and model of the toilet.