Friday, January 30, 2009

Killer Japanese Robot Toilets?

Okay - this is probably going to be my most bizarre blog post ever. Since arriving in Tokyo, I have been completely bewildered by the toilets in the hotel and conference centre. They are connected to electricity and have all sorts of weird warning and caution labels all over them. Is it just me or does running electricity into a toilet seem like a bit of a dangerous idea? Mine has no less than 5 buttons and a complete array of instructions and cautions. Since they are all written in a combination of Katakana, Hirigana and Kanji, I have no idea what they mean. I was scared!

I have been very careful not to touch any of the buttons for fear of receiving ice cold water up the backside. Take a closer look at the controls. Does any of this look enjoyable?

Does the middle one imply that the water pressure can be so high it can literally lift you into the air by aiming pressurized water up the rear? The woman in the graphic looks like she is balanced on a fountain of toilet water. I was wondering if you hit the stop button you just free fall back to the seat all of a sudden or if it just gently lets you back down?

Building a robotic toilet just seems like a bad idea. ROTFL!! I love Japan!!!


  1. Big wuss! Try the buttons already! Really, what's the worst that could happen? 8-)

    It's been a couple years since I was last in Tokyo, but I remember using a toilet that had a seat warmer, and also doubled as a bidet. I think it might have been the same one because that middle button looks familiar.

  2. Danginallanyways!!!! I tried your advice and got a shot of warm water up the poopshoot. Had to change pants because of spray. I love this country but the toilet culture here is a beast upon it's own.


  3. i tried one of these 4 years ago and it worked great. i didn't want to leave the toilet.


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