“Japanese toilets are about as far beyond ours as our society is from the Middle Ages,” commented German weekly magazine “ZEIT” in its recent evaluation of the benefits of Japanese shower toilets, especially TOTO WASHLET™. The author of the article is not the only one who is convinced: The Japanese also know that they lead the way when it comes to hygiene when compared to other countries. And this is no coincidence.
When people use the toilet in Japan, they expect it to be clean and hygienic. For example, people change their shoes before entering the bathroom. Thoroughly washing one’s hands and leaving the bathroom clean for the next person to use are completely natural and commonplace parts of everyday life in Japan. Europeans are aware that using a Japanese toilet may involve a faux pas or two, and that there are a few things to learn.
The venerable Japanese company TOTO has been manufacturing WASHLET™ (name inspired by “let’s wash”) for the past 40 years and is the world’s leading producer of shower toilets. The shower toilet has since become part of nearly every Japanese household. In addition to cleaning the intimate areas with warm water, these shower toilets include several hygiene technologies that leave people with an incomparable feeling of cleanliness – and are well on their way to becoming a regular part of European everyday life as well. The ongoing pandemic is another reason why people are more focused on the topic of hygiene. There is also a greater willingness among homeowners to spend more on renovations and invest in shower toilets.
What’s different? – A journey to Japan What’s different?
Travelling to Japan makes this very clear. Most tourists who travel by plane will land at the Narita Airport in Tokyo – and experience their first contact with Japan’s distinctive hygiene culture in the waiting area of terminal 2: Whoever wants to use the toilet here will encounter the impressive Gallery TOTO, spanning 145 m2. This space invites people to explore and linger, with WASHLET™ in every stall. Travelers will then see WASHLET™ throughout their entire time in Japan. Whether at the hotel, on the train, at a restaurant, in a public washroom or at a cultural institution, people will find shower toilets everywhere.
Omotenashi – hygiene is part of Japanese hospitality
The term “Omotenashi” in Japan can be translated as “hospitality” or even “politeness”. But the word encompasses much more than that. The spirit of Omotenashi is found in small gestures and attention to details that may be expressed in a tea ceremony, for example. The aim is to create an atmosphere in which guests feel good and cared for. Omotenashi can be easily applied to bathrooms and toilets. It’s important to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness, but also provide the greatest possible comfort. These ideas do not just resonate when using a WASHLET™, but also in consideration of the next person who will use it. It’s just as important to leave it clean, tidy and hygienic. TOTO’s technologies make it easy to ensure that the WASHLET is always clean and comfortable for everyone.
Cleanliness in public washrooms – “The Tokyo Toilet”
The principle of hospitality in Japan also applies to public toilets. This is why the wonderful Nippon Foundation project, The Tokyo Toilet, could only happen in Japan. Tokyo’s Shibuya neighbourhood is home to 17 different public toilets, each of which a unique architectural work of art. These objects were designed by such high-profile architects as Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma. TOTO was able to contribute its products for the interior design. The main idea was to create toilets for everyone to use: for people with physical limitations and of all ages; for men, women, children and families. The result: public toilets in which everyone can feel comfortable and secure.
TOTO’s toilet culture
TOTO has introduced several WASHLET™ models to the European market over the years. A new introduction for this year’s ISH is the sleek, curved WASHLET RG, available in two versions. The RG and RG Lite look the same, include the hygiene technologies synonymous with TOTO, and can be descaled either manually or using an integrated descaling programme. The difference: In contrast to the RG, the RG Lite does not feature the Premist function or deodorizer – for a more affordable introduction to the world of WASHLET™.
Read more about WASHLET™: gb.toto.com/washlets/
The entire world is looking to Japan in time for the 2021 Olympic Games. Anyone travelling to Japan will experience a bathing culture with...[more]
TOTO leads the international competition – winning awards for the complementary designs of the Flotation tubs and CE vessels.[more]
TOTO toilets have special hygiene technologies that make them ideal for preventing infections. This is why the new RP toilet was installed...[more]
TOTO presents a series of new products at ISH 2021: The Japanese sanitary specialist offers the right product for every hygiene need in the...[more]
The Japanese sanitary ware manufacturer TOTO has completely redesigned its website – providing
even more inspiration as well as...[more]
The new TOTO toilets fit perfectly into bathrooms of every size, whether large, small or just for guests. TOTO introduces the new RP...[more]
World-renowned architects are reimaging public toilets. This remarkable project is a collaboration involving the Nippon Foundation and the...[more]
Featuring a simple, yet elegant design and outstanding features to ensure the greatest hygiene, TOTO urinals are an ideal choice for hotel...[more]
A recent test featuring TOTO toilets showed that rimless toilets with a special flush technology can also protect people from exposure to...[more]
Paradiso Pure.Living recently opened in the Dolomites, giving guests the opportunity to experience sustainability through all of their...[more]
Incorporating more hygiene in our everyday lives makes sense right now – and in the long run. TOTO WASHLET™ is a great option for bringing...[more]
TOTO offers an optional automatic flush option with its Prime Edition WASHLET™ RW and SW models, as well as RX EWATER+ and SX EWATER+. This...[more]
TOTO received multiple awards in 2020: two iF Design Awards and the Red Dot Award: Product Design[more]
The demand for shower toilets is higher than ever before. In addition to offering unparalleled levels of hygiene, they also reduce the...[more]
The French luxury L’Armancette Hotel offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains and stylish bathrooms with TOTO products.[more]
TOTO focuses its entire exhibition at the upcoming SHK Essen (10-13 March) on the latest WASHLET™ technologies, wellness and design.[more]
The new bidets from TOTO are the ideal complement to TOTO toilets and a perfect addition to bathrooms of all styles.[more]
TOTO introduces the elegant WASHLET™ RW and the new Prime Edition collection – for very personal wellness rituals in the bath.[more]
Are you an editor or journalist? Sign up for our press distribution list to get the latest news from TOTO.
Our WASHLET™ Finder will help you find a location where you can try WASHLET™ for yourself. Experience the benefits, features and unique design of WASHLET™, the original shower toilet from Japan.