Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

A Mundane Monday from the Japanese toilets …

What’s more Mundane than a WC?

I am the proud Mum of 2 toddlers, hence fluent in “pipi, poopoo”. The toilet stop with hyperactive kids is dreadful, as toilets are never clean enough, kids need to be carried, the cabin is always too small for 3 ( me and the kids, together no matter what!). At least mine don’t need nappies anymore. Sounds familiar?..

Then you land in Japan. And pipipoopoo becomes a symphony.

Here “Comfort Room” has a real meaning,

How can Japanese spend so little time there (at least in the public ones)? I had experienced some great ones in Thailand (probably imported from Japan), but nothing prepared me for the luxury and the perfection of those ones. Mega icing on the cake: the special attention given to babies and toddlers. In case you are not sure how to use them, check the first pict before making yourself comfortable 😉

In response to “Mundane Monday Challenge“, created by the talented Trablogger to find beauty in almost everything. The challenge is simple : find beauty in everyday mundane things, capture the beauty and upload the photographs on his blog.


27 comments on “A Mundane Monday from the Japanese toilets …

  1. lexklein
    November 2, 2015

    The controls in the armrest really take these over the top! Did you try them out?!

    • estelea
      November 3, 2015

      Of course I did! they are incredible, it is a unique experience, you can select the temperature, the direction of the flush, there is a heater, a deo, and in case you are planning to deliver more than a pipi, just press the music and you wont disturb your neighbour (I thought they would be extreme enough to provide a play list but it is only the sound of flush. You can adjust the volume too)..
      Not only super comfy, but it comes with free wifi 😀

  2. Jeremy
    November 2, 2015

    I lived in Japan for a year and I really miss these now. One of the features is Flushing Sound, complete with volume control, that’s really discreet and thoughtful! I’m sure you have also experienced another type which has a blower from below and yet another type which has a heated seat rim.

    • estelea
      November 3, 2015

      Those ones are incredible, aren’t they? the heated seat was weird at first, but you get used to it for sure. And man this blower was something too, it is incredible that people have thought about things like that. In French, we sometimes call CR “thrones”. In Japan, they really mean it. I can understand you miss them, they got me addicted after 2 weeks only, I thought about opening one like that here in Cebu, with fish spa and free wifi 😉 But then how do you know it s time to kick the client out?

    • estelea
      November 3, 2015

      (where did you live? must have been a great experience!)

      • Jeremy
        November 5, 2015

        I lived/worked in the outskirt of Tokyo for half a year. Then moved to a smaller city and I was lucky to have direct view of Mt. Fuji from my bedroom everyday! That was almost 19 years ago and I still go to Japan occasionally for vacation 🙂 I love your idea of toilet+fish spa+wifi, lol

      • estelea
        November 5, 2015

        The day I open one I ll send you a VIP card 😉 So you speak some Japanese?

  3. anotherday2paradise
    November 2, 2015

    Love the diagrams. 🙂

    • estelea
      November 3, 2015

      One is never too cautious, better explain than dealing with terrible consequences 😉

  4. that traveling nurse
    November 2, 2015

    Oh Estelea, you crack me up! At first I thought it was about the jeepneys, but then, this is way better ! 😛 But help me out, I don’t get the first photo…what is wrong with the first sitting position? It looked the same to me as the “correct” one. And I am amazed at the different style toilets they have! I’ve seen the squat ones in Singapore though. Very “comforting” post, indeed.

    • estelea
      November 3, 2015

      the first is ok, but the second not as the guy is not seated in the right position. When he ll press the “shower” button, it might not be very enjoyable as it would go straight to his .. well, you see what I mean 😛
      I totally agree that number 3 is far more explicit ! 😀

  5. LDG luciledegodoy
    November 2, 2015

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing. Had a big laugh.

    • estelea
      November 3, 2015

      😉 Japanese do it better!

      • LDG luciledegodoy
        November 3, 2015

        They do!
        PS> I nominated you for a quote’s challenge but feel free to not join in.

      • estelea
        November 3, 2015

        How can I refuse you anything ? 😉

      • LDG luciledegodoy
        November 3, 2015

        You’re a sweetheart! 😘❤️

      • estelea
        November 3, 2015

        a quote about anything ?…

      • LDG luciledegodoy
        November 3, 2015

        Anything! The ‘rule’ is to post three days and nominate three people each day. But I forgot to say! Lol but we can reinvent the rules as we wish, right? 😉

      • estelea
        November 4, 2015

        Couldn’t agree more 😉

      • LDG luciledegodoy
        November 5, 2015


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  7. Amanda Afield
    November 3, 2015

    Really? There’s a music option? Haha

    • estelea
      November 4, 2015

      You got to see it (and hear it) to believe it! It made me feel so sorry for Japanese traveling in Paris. They must believe we French are sooo dirty and noisy (well…)

  8. trablogger
    November 7, 2015

    I had a feeling that you will some how do a post on this. And there you are. 😉
    Your trade mark post, Good funny one as usual 😉

    • estelea
      November 9, 2015

      And so comfy 😉 what I call a comprehensive SPA 😛

      • trablogger
        November 14, 2015

        Yeah yeah, You are quite creative 😉

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