How Japanese Bathrooms Are Different

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Japanese household bathrooms are very different from what you might find in a typical American home. They are far more multi-functional and high-tech. For example, the bathroom is divided into three sections: there's a shower/bath area and a toilet area, which are separately accessible from a sink and vanity area. Consequently, three people can use the same bathroom at the same time!

The shower and bath area is a thing of wonder. There's a deep bathtub that is heated continuously with controls that can be activated from different parts of the house. I want one of those!

In this video, a young girl shows how the different parts of the bathroom function. It's part of a series of videos in which she introduces Westerners to Japanese bedrooms, toilets, and kids' homework, among other aspects of modern Japanese life.

-via Core77

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I like low-flow aerators on kitchen sinks, too... I remove the flow limiter (pretty easy), then adjust the shut-off valve to control it. A 0.5GPM aerator spraying nearly 1GPM is a bit like a pressure-washer, much better for cleaning dishes, but has to be adjusted just below the point of splashing water back up all over you and the floor...

I fill-up 1gal containers all the time, it just takes longer. I set them in the sink, turn on the water, and do other things while they fill-up. It does take 2-3 times as long, but I don't do things like fill-up the sink that often, and the higher pressure spray means a lot more bubbles than normal, too. Anything huge, like a bucket, I fill-up in my bathtub now. Works nicely.
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Yeah, that's OK on a hand-basin, but a damned nuisance on a kitchen sink. I know all about overfilling the kettle, but there are times when you want to fill it up - and it takes ages with a low-flow aerator.
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Interesting ideas, but all my bathrooms would be too small for individual doors separating the toilet, shower, etc. Frankly, two small bathrooms would accomplish the same goal, better, and in less space. Their design only really makes (some) sense when your toilet and bathtub are ridiculously expensive high-tech nightmares.
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The lower-flow the aerator, the warmer the cold water is (and the cooler the hot water is). After a couple years using 0.5 GPM aerators, I no longer EVER touch the HOT handle. There are even 0.35 GPM aerators available on Amazon, but more expensive.
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