By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

Most Japanese homes today have the latest washlet high-tech toilets, or at the very least the standard American toilet with a heated seat.

When I first came to Japan in 1980, most buildings and homes were equipped with the Japanese style toilet featured in the photo.

They’re squat toilets and are used facing the wall plumbing. In today’s Japan, you can still find them here and there in the older buildings, but they’re fast becoming a rarity.

Using them improperly can lead to painful results as I wrote about in my blog about an English teacher who had directional differences.

和式便所

現在、殆どの日本の家やビルにある便器は最新型のウォシュレット式または普通の様式になっている。

しかし、来日の1980年(昭和55年)の頃、殆どの便器は和式だった。

これを読んでいる皆様には使い方の説明は不要だけど、外国人にとっては不思議な存在で以前ブログに書いた誤って使った英会話先生もいた。