You want me to pee in that?

I spent most of the month of May in Japan, traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, and points in between. We rode on trains, buses, street cars, and boats. We saw villages, and temples, and huge shopping centers. But the most shocking discovery I made?



That’s right, girls! The women of Japan still drop and squat. And this particular urinal was not found in some remote wilderness park. Narita International Airport has toilets like these!

Imagine riding on a train. The car is rocking from side to side, the wheels bump over a rough gap in the track, and you’re in a cubicle the size of a 1950s closet, clinging to the handrails, squatting and trying to pee without hitting your shoes.

Thankfully, the country also has ‘Western’ toilets for those of us who don’t have quadriceps like Gabby Douglas. And trust me, most of these traditional toilets are Dee-luxe.


This is an electric toilet, also known as a washlet by the largest manufacturer – Toto. This baby does everything. It has a heated seat, it can blast a stream, or gently wash, both front and back. Some have a heated dryer. And most have a handy button you can push to make the sound of a toilet flushing (in case you’re creating any farty noises in your stall.)

Washlets can be found in hotels, bus stations, department stores, and parks. They’re virtually everywhere. And if you can’t find one in the women’s bathroom, try the handicap room. Like this one.


I’m not even sure what all these contraptions are for! To the right of the toilet is what I assume is a urinal for men. And next to the urinal is a handwashing sink. So what’s the oversized sink on the left for? In case you decide to wash your hair?

If you added a bed and a TV, I could live here.

In fact, I think I will. For the next few days, I’m going to just hang out in here with my laptop and post pictures of the places we went and the things we did in Japan.

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