|Above, a Japanese high-tech toilet. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Quite often, foreign visitors to Japan are amazed and, in some cases, intimidated by Japan's fabled modern toilets.
Some have even been confused with what each push button is for (I've never had any difficulty). With the 2020 Olympics coming to Tokyo, Japan has decided to standardize the symbols used on their high-tech toilets to make going to the loo easier for foreign visitors.
The Guardian (U.K.) reports:
Navigating the array of buttons on Japan’s high-tech toilets can be a disconcerting experience for the uninitiated, who, expecting to hear a familiar flushing sound, are instead subjected to a sudden, and unwanted, cleansing of the nether regions.
As Japan prepares for an influx of overseas visitors during the 2019 rugby World Cup and the Tokyo Olympics the following year, the country’s sanitation industry has agreed to standardise pictograms on toilets so users know for certain if they are about to receive a blast of warm air or a jet of water.
Nine manufacturers belonging to the Japan sanitary equipment industry association will soon start using the same eight symbols to explain the buttons found on their state-of-the-art WCs.
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