Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the poops of your butt.
When it comes to public pooping facilities in Japan, it’s often a case of feast or famine in terms of functions and creature comforts. Sometimes you’ll enter a stall to find a squat toilet, which for the uninitiated requires precise posture and positioning, but on the other end of the spectrum are the country’s high-tech human waste receptacles, with heated seats and adjustable bidet sprays.
One of the classiest features of fancy Japanese toilets is the otohime, literally “sound princess.” Pushing the corresponding button on the toilet’s control panel causes a speaker to emit privacy-protecting sounds to cover your tinkle, as well as the grunts, air whooshes, and plops of more strenuous defecation, sparing you the embarrassment of having the person in the next stall hear all the audible details of your digestive process finale.
But as the name implies, sound princess functions usually involve delicate sounds such as a babbling brook or chittering birds. While they create an elegant atmosphere, Japanese Twitter