Cultural Practices in Japan That Have Inspired Modern Day Toilet Technologies

Without a doubt, the world’s admiration for Japanese technology is noteworthy. Most people know about Japan’s revolutionary toilets. While fairly common in Japan, shower toilets still garner ‘oohs’ and ‘wows’ in many parts of the world.

While that can be attributed to Japan being a powerhouse in innovation and technology, it is interesting to note that traditional Japanese cultural practices have also inspired the bathrooms of today.

Culture 1

Children in Japanese elementary schools clean their own classrooms and bathrooms. Japanese homes are always kept in pristine conditions. Hygiene is key and cleanliness is seen as a good moral value. Shower toilets with dual nozzles have self-cleaning anti-bacterial features that activates before, during, and after use to ensure hygiene and comfort for the next user, which is also a form of ‘considerate behavior’.

Culture 2

For many Japanese, the bath is a time for relaxation and a chance to reconnect with natural surroundings. To emulate such tranquility, the Japanese made bathrooms into sanctuaries with spa-like shower toilets that play music and onsen baths. This need for a ‘natural way of life’ can also be observed in Japanese houses where they usually have a garden and a small pond in front, with a Koto playing in the background. This makes their abodes an absolutely tranquil space for unwinding. Besides, water is the ‘natural way to clean’.

Culture 3

Minimalism is often associated with Japanese Zen-inspired design – which eliminates any unnecessary frills or decors. Ultimately, Japanese aesthetics are about becoming keenly conscious about our relationship with your surroundings. Our Spalet range of shower toilets and bidet seats are all designed with that in mind – simple, easy to use and blends in harmoniously with your bathroom décor.

Culture 4

Japanese taxis have automated doors to provide extra convenience for passengers. Japanese people will also greet you at establishments’ entrances by bending over and bowing their heads. The automated seat and cover on our Spalets take heed from such cultures. The seat cover opens up as you approach the bathroom, then bows down before and after use.

Culture 5

Japanese toilet innovations put consumers first.

Children, elderly, pregnant women, and people with disabilities are top of mind considerations when it comes to the Spalet. The toilet seat is ergonomically designed at the right height, with heated seats for user comfort. Remote controls are antibacterial and ensure the user doesn’t have to bend over to flush or close the lid cover, thus minimizing direct contact with the toilet. Night light is available for certain models so spouses do not disturb their partner’s rest when they visit the bathroom.

It’s amazing to know that the evolution of toilet technology stems from the Japanese culture, a great culture that’s considerate towards everyone’s well-being, and the world’s.

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