This symbol is all over Japan:
Yes, that is the international symbol for “spray your butt.”
And for the ladies:
Spray your ladyparts while wearing a bike helmet.
This button is either the dry cycle or a close up of ramen noodles.
Toilet shy? No problem—your Japanese toilet also provides a soundtrack to cover embarrassing noises. Press the button with the musical notes for your choice of rushing water, white noise, or a thunderstorm interspersed with bird chirps.
Oh, and the seat is heated.
Are these fancy toilets in 5 star hotels? No, these are run of the mill toilets found in parks, hostels and train stations.
Notice I said parks and train stations because this is important. Toilets are everywhere in Japan. They’re clean! They’re free! I would love them even without the thunderstorm sound tracks.
With all these clean, free public toilets, you’re going to have to follow some rules.
Toilets are for sitting, not for standing on backwards.
Squat toilets are also available, if that’s your preference. Just be sure to aim at the shark fin, but don’t sit on it.
No flashing anything other than toilet paper.
Here’s how to make the flash magic happen.
If that doesn’t work use your ghost hand.
Place your baby in a chair and stare at her while you go. Note, this option only for women, since the men’s rooms did not have baby changing or other child care facilities. (Hmmm, perhaps the country of perfect bathrooms is not so perfect when it comes to women’s equality….)