Why the high tech toilets? 4th attempt

I imagine the heated toilet seats came first, because if so they’d be the only heating in the average Japanese toilet. If so, there would’ve had to be a power supply to the toilet, and after that the other bells and whistles* probably just came along typical kaizen-style as “obvious” little additions until by and by “It’s a toilet, Jim, but not as we know it” 

* In case you haven’t tried a Japanese toilet and believe that they probably have everything, what with “crazy Japan” and “high tech Japan”, they don’t have actual bells and whistles. Bird song occasionally, but no bells or whistles as far as I know…


1 Comment

  1. Richard said,

    November 25, 2010 at 2:48 am

    According to J-Wiki, the Japanese company now known as Toto (the world’s largest toilet manufacturer) led the way with the washlets, and their forerunners, the “wash air seat” series. It all began in the 60s with them importing American bidet-style toilets using warm water, mainly for hospitals and other such public facilities. In 1969, Toto began to make their own toilets, though there were some problems with regulating water temperature which led to injuries.

    As there was no current research on where to aim their sprays, with the help of company employees, Toto gathered data to pin down where the target usually was. Their toilets became more and more popular, and the first “washlets” were sold in 1980.

    In 1982, prime time commercials featuring the celebrity, Jun Togawa, and the slogan “おしりだって洗ってほしい” [which translates to something like, “We’d like you to wash your bottoms”] drew attention to the washlets and raised their profile. However, some people complained that they shouldn’t be shown during prime time when they were eating, and there were other complaints about the use of the word “oshiri” [bottom]. The second slogan was “人の、おしりを洗いたい” [“We want to wash people’s bottoms”].

    Heated seats came in in 1985, and many other features followed…

    Fascinating stuff. There’s more at:

    You can trust it. It’s on Wikipedia.

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