A secret of Japanese style toilet for gentlemen

secret of Japanese style toilet

Last blog post, I have written about the standardization of pictogram for Japanese toilet, and I have introduced enthusiasm of lavatory and toilet among Japanese people. http://dicethekamikaze.com/blog/japanese-products/frostedglass_lavatory/ 

Many of you might know that the technologies of Japanese sanitary system is the best in the world, and I believe adoption of Western style toilet and washlet is the greatest innovation of postwar period. It is hard to find Japanese style toilets in metropolitan areas, but in countryside, these are still remaining. If you are planning to travel to country side, you need prepare to do your job with Japanese style toilet.

For gentlemen, I am telling you a secret of Japanese style toilet which I found last week at the old school Japanese Izakaya in Hodogaya as the picture below.







The title says “For all the players”

A secret of Japanese style toilet for gentlemen.

there are 5 steps to complete your job.

1. Keep your stance little wider standing like squire.

2. Hold tight your grip with your left hand’s thumb and pointing finger and bend your body a  little forward.

3. Concentrate on the point of your grip and lower abdominal and shot quickly.

4. Don’t wield, be careful with sclaffing.

5. When you finish the hole, zip it up and flush then leave.

It concludes saying

If you execute these, you will be a great player and the greens will be kept clean.

When you encounter the Japanese style toilet, please remember this secret of Japanese style toilet for gentlemen, and you will be praised!!

Japanese toilet operation pictogram, now standardized.

Japanese toilet operation pictogram

original source: http://travel.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1039515.html

Japanese Toilets

In my previous post, I described a passion for toilet among Japanese people, and technologies to the toilets. http://dicethekamikaze.com/blog/japanese-products/frostedglass_lavatory/

When you travel in Japan, you will find the toilets in Japan are always clean and high tech. These high tech bidet toilet is called “washlet”, and you can find lots of buttons to operate the toilet as the picture below.

The descriptions are usually only in Japanese, and if you can’t read Japanese, you will be in a huge trouble. Some toilets even don’t have a handle or a button to flush.

Fortunately, on January 17th 2017, Japan sanitary equipment industory association announced that the top 9 companies in the toilet industory including Toto, Lixil, Toshiba, and Panasonic agreed to standardize the pictograms of the controll panels of the toilets. According to the questionnaire for the foreign travelers, many foreign travellers stated the descriptions of toilet were unclear and had a hard time to deal with them. For 2020 Tokyo Olympics, now, Japanese toilet operation pictogram are standardized and they are working for standardizing in internationally.

Japanese toilet operation pictogram

here is the detailed and English translation of standardized pictograms with English translations.

source: http://www.sanitary-net.com/news/news1142

I hope this description and pictogram would provide better experiences to those who visit Japan.

By 2020, Japan sanitary equipment industory association all toilet control panel pictograms will standardize all the pictograms of toilets control panel in the public spaces.

train traffic situation in Tokyo

train traffic situation in Tokyo

Train traffic situation in Tokyo: An extreme example

Working in Tokyo, one of the biggest stress is the packed train during the morning commuting time. If you have not seen how packed the trains are, here is an example of  video.

This is an extreme example of Tokyo train traffic situation, but it happens.

The degree of congestion in Tokyo area

According to Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the degree of congestion is described in the picture above.

100%: Either you can sit down, hold on a strap, or hold on a bar.

150%: You can read a news paper easily (wide open)

180%: You can read a news paper but hardly (folding)

200%: Bodies are touching and feels pressure, but you can read magazines.

250%: Pretty much you can’t move at all.

Ranking of top 10 highest degree of congestion in Tokyo area

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport published the statistics on degree of the congestion in Japan, the ranking below is based on the statistic in 2015.


More information: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/routemaps/pdf/RouteMap_majorrailsub.pdf

The picture above is the map of railways in Tokyo. Usually, train traffic situation in Tokyo gets worse in the areas between the Tokyo and other prefectures. Many people live in suburbs of Tokyo or prefectures that located next to Tokyo to commute to middle of Tokyo by trains. Housing in Tokyo is very expensive especially for the families. The train crossing Chiba to Tokyo, Saitama to Tokyo are the worst in the commuting time zone (7:00 am – 10:00 am).

10: Sobu Line (Express)

Section: Shin-Koiwa → Kinshicho
Peak Time: 7:34 – 8:34
degree of congestion: 178%

9: Chiyoda Line

Section: Machiya → Nishi-Nippori
Peak Time: 7:45 – 8:45
degree of congestion: 179%

8: Tokaido Line

Section: Kawasaki → Shinagawa
Peak Time: 7:39 – 8:39
degree of congestion: 182%

7: Denentoshi Line

Section: Ikejiri Ohashi → Shibuya
Peak Time: 7:50 – 8:50
degree of congestion: 185%

6: Odakyu Line

Section: Setagayadaita → Shimo Kitazawa
Peak Time: 7:46 – 8:46
degree of congestion: 189%

5: Chuo Line (Express)

Section: Nakano → Shinjuku
Peak Time: 7:54 – 8:54
degree of congestion: 191%

4: Yokosuka Line

Section: Musashikosugi → Nishi Oimachi
Peak Time: 7:34 – 8:34
degree of congestion: 192%

3: Keihin Tohoku Line

Section: Ueno → Okachimachi
Peak Time: 7:50 – 8:50
degree of congestion: 197%

2: Sobu Line

Section: Kinshicho → Ryogoku
Peak Time: 7:34 – 8:34
degree of congestion: 199%

1: Tozai Line

Section: Kiba → Monzennakacho
Peak Time: 7:50 – 8:50
degree of congestion: 200%

 If you are planning to work in Japan, please consider to avoid these lines to commute. Moreover, if you are planning to travel in Tokyo, train traffic situation in Tokyo during the commuting time zone (07:00am – 09:00am) gets nasty especially in the bad weather, please consider the time riding the trains in Japan.