13 Smart Features of Japanese Bathrooms That Impressed the World
A modern Japanese bathroom is practical in every way. First of all, it helps save water, electricity and your time. Moreover, it guarantees comfort and the opportunity to enjoy your rest to the fullest so that nothing can disturb you.
Bright Side is going to introduce you Aiko who had previously lived in Canada for 7 years and has now been living in Japan for 2 years. She is going to take us on a virtual photo tour around a Japanese bathroom to share all the interesting details about it.
A bathroom can be used by 3 people at once.
The washroom, toilet, and bathroom are 3 different rooms in a Japanese flat. A small washroom with a washing machine located in it is connected with a bathroom, while the toilet is completely separate.
Therefore, a bathroom is a place where one can relax, forget about vanity, and not worry that some family member will break the privacy by knocking on the door in order to use the toilet or to wash their hands.
A faucet can transform into a shower by pulling it out.
A retractable faucet, which is located next to the sink, provides an opportunity to increase the space above the sink. It is very convenient when you need to give your baby or your pet a bath, as well as washing toys or small clothes.
There is a drainage lattice right on the floor.
There is a special chair next to the bath that allows washing your body before taking a bath.
A bath for Japanese people is, first of all, a place where they can destress, soak their bodies, and relax in the fragrant water. It’s not a place where they wash their bodies. That’s the main difference between Japanese baths from those in the rest of the world where the whole bathroom, along with the bathtub, is occupied with different cosmetic products.
Bathroom accessories include a small chair and a bucket with a handle to scoop up water and rinse the body. This chair lets a person soap the body, wash the hair with shampoo, and rinse everything off. One should get into a bathtub being clean. It’s also not acceptable to immerse the head into the water.
This approach allows all family members to use the same water in the bathtub and, therefore, save water expenses significantly.
You can wash the whole room with the shower.
It’s very easy to wash the bathroom with the help of a shower. All the water from walls comes down to a drainage hole on the floor. It’s very convenient — every time you wash your body, you can also wash the bathroom.
There is a rubber bath cover and the bathtub heats up.
There is no central heating in Japan — that’s why the Japanese use various methods to warm themselves up in the winter. Every home has a “kotatsu” — a table with a blanket and a heating element located under it.
Many houses also have a traditional Japanese bath with very hot water called “furo.” The temperature of the water is about 105°F-110°F. It’s customary to relax there every day — it’s not luxury but a way to feel warm on cold winter evenings.
However, “furo” in flats was replaced with a heated bathtub with a rubber cover that helps keep warmth and save electricity.
There are control panels in modern Japanese bathrooms.
A Japanese bathroom is equipped with a control panel. With the help of the buttons, you can do the following:
- Maintain a constant water temperature for all family members;
- Press the emergency button to call for help;
- Ask one of the family members to bring a towel that you had forgotten to take with you, or a cup of hot tea or a book.
Kitchens are equipped with such panels too.
Even meditative Japanese people don’t like to waste their time. One doesn’t need to run between the kitchen and the bathroom in order to check whether the bathtub is overflowing. A special sensor adjusts the temperature of the water, fills the bath automatically, stops the water flow in the faucet, and gives a sound signal that you can go and take a bath.
The water from the bathtub can be used for washing clothes.
After all of the family members have taken a bath, the water is still quite clean and can be used in the washing machine. Of course, this is if you washed your body with shampoo and shower gel outside the bathtub before taking a bath.
Putting the end of the hose to the bathtub and switching on the washing machine will be enough to start the process. Moreover, it helps save electricity because the water in the tub is still hot.
There is a washstand over the toilet.
You can wash your hands right after using the toilet. The water is switched on by the signal of an infrared sensor and drains to the toilet bowl, after which it is flushed into the sewage.
Clothes are dried right in the bathroom.
There is a special exhaust hood in the bathroom that helps prevent mold from appearing. The hood has 2 modes — with cold air and with hot air. That’s why you can hang your just-washed clothes in the bathroom and dry them quickly.
There is a TV set in the bathroom.
There are no practical benefits but you can enjoy your favorite TV shows or a football match while you are relaxing in a hot bath.
There are special devices for holding babies in public toilets.
It’s quite an uphill task for any mother to be using a toilet with a baby in her hands. That’s why there are special foldable seats in Japanese public toilets where a mother can safely place her baby for some time.
Perhaps, Japanese “smart” techniques are expensive but the tips on how to save water and electricity can be adopted by us from the Japanese for free right away.
For example, we can put a washing machine water supply hose into the bathtub after taking a bath in order to save water. Or if there are 2 people in a family, one can take a shower first and then take a bath so that they leave clean water after themselves that can be used by the second person.
What life hacks of saving water and electricity do you use? Please tell us about them in the comments!