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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Kofu Super Toilet

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On a recent visit from Tokyo to Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture during Golden Week, we came across this "Super Toilet" in the Eclan Department store above Kofu Station.

Listen to the sounds of the Super Toilet

Kofu Super Toilet

The toilet was about the same size as my friend's Tokyo apartment and certainly a lot cleaner and less cluttered. Relaxing music was piped into the convenience, which was a modern toilet and bidet combination, ideal for the job in hand.

95% of all toilets now produced in Japan are these western style "throne" types and the traditional Asian squatter type (below) is gradually disappearing. Young children are unaware as to how to use squat toilets at school and as a result are remaining constipated throughout the day until they rush home after class to release their bowels.

Bog standard squatter

Access

Kofu, west of Tokyo, is 90 minutes from Shinjuku Station by Super Azusa or Kaiji express train. The toilet is in the west wing of the department store on the 2nd floor.



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4 comments:

Ulumuddin said...

wah .. toiletnya bagus ya ... pinjem dong .. heheh

Al said...

I vividly remember having geri while in Kofu and having to use a squatter only to find out there was no toilet paper. Not a pleasant memory.

I'll have to find this toilet next time I'm in Kofu.

sending postcards said...

So glad to have found this site! I remember getting off the plane to Japan and encountering one of the squat toilets... I just wasn't ready for it.... but those toto's... those things are amazing!

Ynot said...

I loved these toilets when I was in Japan. The Japanese are certainly more in tune with their bodily functions than we are, don't you think?

As for those squatter toilets, one need go no further than France to see them. Paris can be surprising, but in a bad way!