Japan is known for their crazy advanced technology the world over. And one thing that the Japanese have enjoyed for years that has yet to catch on in America is ridiculously complicated and awesome toilets. Take the poop-powered motorcycle for example. And some toilets even include games for you to play while you relieve yourself. I’ve collected a handful of interesting, informative, and sometimes hilarious videos that encompass all that makes Japanese toilets so crazy.
Toilets of the Future
This has to be one of the most insane Japansese bathrooms I have ever seen. It appears like there are 3 toilets? Maybe 2 toilets and one crazy sink? I’m not sure, but this is definitely one of the nuttiest Japanese bathrooms I have ever witnessed.
In this video we have one crazy gaijin explaining to us other gaijin how these crazy toilets work. It’s a pretty good demo video that shows off most of the common features in these advanced Japanese potties.
This video shows off some other cool features of Japanese toilets such as music to listen to as you do your business and a toilet seat that lowers and raises itself at the press of a button. Fantastic.
Check out the crazy control panel on this toilet setup. This is definitely one of the nicest, most futuristic toilets I have ever seen. For more information on everything involving Japanese toilets, you can check out the Wikipedia page here.
This video shows how Japanese toilets can actually pee on unsuspecting victims. The future is a scary place. You’ve been warned.
Traditional Toilets With a View
Pretty relaxing, wouldn’t you agree? For some reason I have a hard time picturing scenic bathrooms like this in America. I just don’t think they’d be appreciated.
And if these kinds of hole-in-the-ground toilets look strange to you, it’s because they’re traditional style toilets. Like, from the olden days. You’ll find them in Japan sometimes as well as other parts of the world. Basically, you squat over them when you’re doing your business. I’ve never used one myself, but I can confirm that they are, in fact, toilets.
And for those of you who have always been befuddled by these hole-in-the-ground toilets, here’s a video giving you a basic rundown of how they’re used. Do not under any circumstances attempt to use one of these toilets without the proper training. Improper usage can result in embarrassing messes and sadness.
Crazy Public Toilet
Talk about elaborate. I never saw any of these when I was traveling around Japan so I’m not sure how abundant they are but boy are they something else. Probably pretty expensive too.
And speaking of expensive, check out this $130,000 jewel encrusted toilet. Worth it? No, no, not at all.
Remember how I mentioned poop-powered motorcycles earlier? Yeah, that’s a real thing.
Like most other crazy things from Japan, Japanese toilets have also been featured on The Simpsons. My apologies for the lousy video quality but it was the only version on YouTube I could find in English.
Even Potty Training is Wacky in Japan
I’m sure many of you have seen or heard of Shimajiro and the wonky potty training videos he has floating around the internet. Why don’t we have videos like this in America? Kids would get potty trained much sooner, I’m sure.
And if potty training videos aren’t enough, they even have potty training toys. I can’t imagine the faces little Japanese kids must make opening up gifts like this on Christmas morning. Insanity.
And judging from the fact that Toto (the primary manufacturer of these awesome potties) has an American website, it looks like people in America can get their hands on these toilets if they really want to. Apparently there’s a Toto dealer about 5 miles away from where I currently live. With these toilets being so widely available in America, why haven’t I ever seen any of them around here? What gives?
So tell me, have you had any crazy toilet experiences in Japan? Seen any crazy potties that I failed to include here? Wish these future toilets were more popular in your home country? Let us know in the comments!
Saturday Timewaster is a weekly post that features Japanese videos, music, images, or games that will certainly waste your time (some weeks more than others). We hope you enjoy!