What is the Symbol for Japan?
The common symbols are Emperor and Temple.
The most familiar symbol used for Japan is a “Toilet” !
You may be wondering “how is Japan like a toilet?”.
The toilet clearly shows several Japanese characteristics.
Today, I want to tell you about the 3 Japanese characteristics related to the “Toilet”
1) Personal Space
Japanese dislike showing their back to others, the same as, historic Samurai and Ninja. Many Japanese say, that a bathroom stall is the most comfortable place. The toilet allows us, to escape from the stress of daily life. I have sometimes even heard a snore, coming from bathroom stall, in a Japanese office.
Modern Japanese toilets include self-cleaning functions.
We, Japanese keep their private parts clean by personal washing system, similar to a small French bidet.
We call this device a “wash-let”, which is a combination of the words, “wash” and “toilet”. We also have a mobile wash-let.
My friends and I, bring a wash-let with us when we travel abroad, to keep our private areas clean.
You can see polite bow every day, everywhere in Japan.
More politeness is shown by a deep bow.
For example, we use a slight bow, just as a greeting to co-workers.
If you buy expensive watch at department store, the salesperson will maintain a deep bow, until you have completely left the room.
The most polite form of bow is a kneeling bow.
We seldom see the sitting bow in daily life, but you can see this bow by the toilet!
Some great Japanese have invented a polite toilet, which bow automatically.
When entering a bathroom stall, the lid is closed and bowing at 90 degrees.
After you enter a bathroom stall, the toilet works hard to keep your private parts clean. In addition, the lid also maintain the deepest bow, until you have completely left the room!
This is a joke, but the toilet looks extremely polite.
That is why Japan is similar to a toilet!
It provides a personal space. It is very clean and also polite!
There is no Japanese Emperor, temple or shrine in the US.
However, people here come in contact with a toilet, multiple-times every day.
Therefore, here in the US – the toilet is the best symbol for Japan!
Please think of Japan, the next time you see a toilet!!