7 Wonderful Functions of Japanese Toilet Seats!

7 Wonderful Functions of Japanese Toilet Seat!

We all have to go, don’t we.. to spend a penny now and then. Even we normally self-controlled Japanese have to do that! It wasn’t so very long ago that many of my foreign friends and colleagues were bemoaning the state of public lavatories in Japan… the dreaded slit toilet on a pedestal that can still be found in remote Japanese backwaters (no pun intended) and that only the most stoical Japanese do not resent having to use. “Why don’t they install more Western style toilets?” visitors would lament. Well, that is exactly what happened but, being Japanese, we just couldn’t resist going one better, and so “the shower toilet seat” was developed. This is now the single most common toilet seat in homes, businesses and public locations throughout Japan! These are its main features.



 

7 Wonderful Functions of Japanese Toilet Seat!

 

1. Sensor Control

The modern Japanese toilet seat knows when you sit on it, and when you get up again because it is fitted with, what we in the industry call, a butt sensor. Actually, that’s a lie… its real name is really rather dull. But I do work in the sensor industry, and the toilet seat is a big part of our business. Just hope that these sensors never become too aware!

 

2. Shower Function

Okay, let’s be honest… if you’re sitting, there’s a good chance it’s for number 2, in which case, it’ll be the shower function that you finish with. There’s not a more hygienic or efficient way to clean your bum than a high speed jet of warm water!

 

3. Bidet Function

For us girls, being somewhat differently designed to men, there is the equally hygienic and efficient bidet function… a true French tradition brought into the 21st Century. Oo la la!

 

4. Blow Dry Function

So, with all this water splashing around, you’ll be worrying about how much toilet paper you have to use to get dry again. Well don’t! Many better Japanese toilet seats have an inbuilt warm air blow dryer that pretty much negates using paper at all. And, in case you were wondering, all these functions are represented by easy to understand icons on the push buttons.

 

5. Warm Jets

The water jet for the shower function is stronger than that of the bidet, for obvious reasons. Not only that, the water temperature is adjustable, and never actually so warm that it would scold sensitive areas. It is this combination of hygiene, comfort and confidence that makes Japanese toilet seats such a joy to use.

 

6. Warm Seat

Yes, even the seat temperature is adjustable. In all likelihood, you won’t have control of this in public conveniences, but at home you can avoid the potentially nasty shock of sitting down on a cold toilet seat on winter mornings… ah, heavenly! Nor will you ever need to use another of those horribly unhygienic stretch toilet seat covers.

 

7. Eco Mode

Thankfully, more and more household appliances are being made with environmentally friendly operating modes, and the Japanese toilet seat is no exception. With these settings, water and seat temperatures can be seasonally regulated, and this is particularly important in public and company conveniences where savings in overheads are critical.

 

Conclusion

Driven by ever increasing consumer demands for convenience and efficiency, the sensor industry is constantly seeking ways to improve the operating functions of shower toilet seats, so who knows what they’ll dream up for the loo of the future.

 

7 Wonderful Functions of Japanese Toilet Seat!

1. Sensor Control
2. Shower Function
3. Bidet Function
4. Blow Dry Function
5. Warm Jets
6. Warm Seat
7. Eco Mode