In Japan, toilet paper is an essential item for daily life and hygiene. But what kind of toilet paper is available in Japan? Is it the same as what we have in the West? In this article, Charles R. Tokoyama, CEO of Japan Insiders, will provide us with a comprehensive overview of the availability and use of toilet paper in Japan.
2. History of Toilet Paper in Japan
The first records of toilet paper being used in Japan date back to the Edo period (1603-1868). During this time, people would use a variety of materials, such as bamboo leaves or rice straws to clean themselves after going to the bathroom. It wasn’t until the Meiji period (1868-1912) that mass-produced toilet paper was available in Japan. The first mass-produced product was called “Kami-san” and was made from recycled newspapers.
3. Types of Toilet Paper Available in Japan
Today, there are many different types of toilet paper available in Japan. From standard single-ply rolls to more luxurious quilted varieties, there is something for everyone! Some popular brands include Kao’s Megurizou and Unicharm’s Moony brand. In addition to traditional rolls, there are also flushable wipes and pre-moistened towels available for purchase in convenience stores and supermarkets across the country.
4. Where to Buy Toilet Paper in Japan
Toilet paper can be purchased at any convenience store or supermarket throughout Japan. Prices vary depending on brand and type but generally range from 100 yen ($0.90 USD) for a single roll up to 500 yen ($4.50 USD) for a large pack containing multiple rolls or wipes/towels.
5. How to Use Toilet Paper in Japan
When using a public restroom or someone else’s home restroom, it is polite to bring your own toilet paper with you as it may not be provided by the establishment or host family/friend’s house you are visiting (especially if they are elderly). When using public restrooms, it is customary to place used toilet paper into the waste bin provided rather than flushing it down the toilet as this can cause clogging issues due to poor plumbing systems found throughout some parts of the country (especially rural areas).
6. Cultural Considerations for Using Toilet Paper in Japan
In some parts of rural areas or traditional Japanese homes/establishments (ryokans), toilets may not have a flushable option at all – instead they will have a bucket next to them which needs to be emptied manually after use! In these cases, it is important that users bring their own supply of toilet paper with them when visiting such places as it may not be provided by the establishment itself! Furthermore, some establishments may also provide special “cleaning cloths” which should be used instead of regular tissue/toilet paper when using these toilets – these cloths should then be placed into a separate bin afterwards (not flushed down!).
7. Environmental Impact of Toilet Paper Use in Japan
The use of single-use plastic products such as flushable wipes has been increasing rapidly over recent years due its convenience factor – however this has caused significant environmental damage due its non-biodegradable nature! Therefore when purchasing your own supply of toilet paper/wipes/towels etc., please ensure that you choose products that are biodegradable so that we can help reduce our environmental impact!
8 Alternatives to Toilet Paper in Japan
Although most people opt for traditional single-ply or quilted tissue rolls when using toilets here in Japan – there are other options available too! For example: bidets & washlets often come equipped with warm water jets which can be used as an alternative form of cleaning oneself after going to the bathroom; alternatively some establishments may also provide special “cleaning cloths” which should be used instead of regular tissue/toilet paper when using these toilets – these cloths should then be placed into a separate bin afterwards (not flushed down!).
To conclude: although there are many different types & brands of toilet papers available here in Japan – it is important that users take into consideration cultural considerations & environmental impacts before purchasing & using them! Furthermore please remember to always bring your own supply with you when visiting someone else’s home/establishment as they may not provide any themselves!
Why is there no soap in Japanese bathrooms?
why Well it is in traditional buildings in Japan which obviously reduces installation costs. The idea is to wash hands only with warm water and not soap.
Are there countries that don’t use toilet paper?
And thats just one source. A lot of this deforestation supplies the luxury consumer – recycled paper isnt as gentle on your tush. Yet 70 percent of the worlds population doesnt use toilet paper at all. Big areas of southern Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia use water instead.
Why don t Japanese bathrooms have paper towels?
Paper towels which use a lot of oil in their production were considered an unnecessary luxury and were removed from most public restrooms. With no other way to dry their hands the Japanese resorted to handkerchiefs.
Do Japanese people use bidet?
It was not until advancements in plumbing and the invention of the modern American toilet that Japan began to combine toilets with bidet technology. Bidets became so popular in Japan that now over 80 percent of homes have one installed, according to NPR.
Why is bathing together normal in Japan?
From a Japanese perspective bathing together is good for family bonding. As children grow older they begin to enjoy bath time alone. However the spraying habit can be carried over to middle school students and even high schools.
Do the Japanese shower every day?
Many Japanese people bathe more or less every day. In some parts of the world washing may not mean splashing in Japan. In Japan only a few hundred are not counted.