Bathroom habits of Japan

Consider yourself warned, this blog is going to get ‘intimate’…!!

When travelling to another country, you don’t normally need to think twice about the way in which you intend to maintain your hygiene.

I mean, surely it’s as simple as:

  1. Step into bathroom
  2. Turn on tap(s) and fill bath
  3. Sit in bath
  4. Wash
  5. Make underwater bubbles (bonus points)
  6. Pull plug
  7. Dry yourself off
  8. Leave bathroom

Or perhaps:

  1. Remove pants and underwear
  2. Sit on toilet
  3. Do your business
  4. Utilise ample toilet paper
  5. Flush
  6. Wash hands
  7. Leave

I mean, that’s what most of us normal people do in the rest of the western world isn’t it?? (unless you don’t need the bonus points of course)

You’d think so, but I can unequivocally state that in Japan, it just isn’t that simple!!

In Japan, having a bath means getting nude.

In public.

With a LOT of other nude dudes!

In Japan, cleaning up after your #2’s means pressing buttons.

LOTS of buttons!

Without instructions!

With Mr Hanky sitting on your shoulder whispering into your ear, “Which one’s the super-powered jet spray?!”

So, in a genuine desire to prevent embarrassment, confusion, and a rather damp wet patch on your arse, through my next two blogs let me take you on a journey, explaining the intricacies and peculiarities of bath time, and toilet time in Japan!

1. The Art of Onsen

2. Bidets and Jackhammers