The TOTO controls – Earlier this year, the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association announced it had standardized the pictograms on Japanese toilet controls.
The TOTO controls – Manufacturers across Japan agreed to adhere to the following symbols on their toilet control panels, to make the machines easier for people to use.
The TOTO controls – Users of Japanese "smart toilets" -- especially those from abroad -- have been complaining for years that the array of buttons, and their symbols, could be confusing.
The TOTO controls – Over the years, the TOTO Washlet has become an increasingly sophisticated machine.
The TOTO controls – One popular function is the music button, which allows toilet users to play a pleasant sound to muffle other noises that are perhaps less pleasant.
The TOTO controls – The Washlet also features a motorized bidet, which allows users to wash their private parts.
The TOTO controls – This control panel has less buttons, but to a foreign user its function is no clearer.
The TOTO controls – The Japanese are known as innovators in toilet technology. Their toilets have become a major cultural export.