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Interesting, odd, outrageous or informative quotes about Japan

Hygiene- Quotes about Japanese baths and toilets

Onsen hot springs, sento public baths, and washletto and warmletto space age toilets

“Water lasers”- washlet toilets, as described in Tokyo Underground by Brian Flynn, Josh Bernard and Jeff Day

“The Japanese toilet is perfection”- Junichiro Tanizaki, quoted by Peter Carey in Wrong about Japan
 

“He bathes to get warm… and he bathes to meet his friends. But not, I think, to get any cleaner than anyone else…Once the bath is over, too, the dirty underwear goes right back on.” Donald Ritchie

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“One sits back in water which doesn’t feel as dirty as it is only because it is so hot….” Donald Ritchie, on the ‘pleasures’ of public bathing

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“The… Goemon bath… required considerable skill to use; since the bottom of the cauldron, directly attacked by the flames, was a great deal hotter than the water one could get a nasty burn.” Another conveniently forgotten working class Japanese tradition, Ronald P Dore

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