After World War II, Japan seemed to almost miraculously come out of its closed door policy and catch up with the rest of the world in a span of a few decades, quickly becoming one of the world’s leading economic and technological powerhouses.
However, with the advancement of technology, some aspects of Japan seemed to remain stuck in the past, and I will introduce a few of those things here.
One of the first and probably most famous aspects to talk about is the Japanese toilet. It seems that nowadays, wherever you go there is either an extremely modern toilet that is pretty much entirely hands free, or there is the infamous squat toilet, a toilet type not found in the US. Japanese modern toilets usually come with a button panel that give you many options for using the toilet, from playing music while you’re going to mask any noise to spraying water to clean your privates. They are truly very convenient works of ingeniousness that should be installed in all toilets around the world.
However, despite such toilets becoming more common, you will still find the older squat toilets, especially in the countryside and even public parks in the city. Not only are they hard to use, but these toilets are also often paired with…a lack of available toilet paper. In fact, toilet paper in many public restrooms is so rare that people have grown accustomed to carrying tissues around with them wherever they go.
If you do happen to go to Japan, you’d be better off carrying a small pack of tissues or napkins. There will also often be people outside train stations handing out packs of tissues for free, so take advantage and grab a pack or two when you walk by them. You never know when they will come in handy.