Japan Standardizes Bidet Function Imagery

Even if you’ve used a bidet elsewhere—be that a different nation or just a different bathroom—one generally has to interpret the icons that accompany various features. Oftentimes, they’re rather obtuse, leading to unexpected results. Thankfully the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association (aka toilet- and bidet-makers) have agreed to standardize all of the pictograms. The association settled upon eight, with each corresponding to a feature, and …

787 Washlets

Bidet-style, warm-water toilets take to the skies on ANA and JAL

Dimming windows, exotic lightweight materials, improved fuel economy, mood-setting dynamic LED lights, massive overhead storage—there is no shortage of impressive amenities aboard Boeing’s long-awaited 787. Perhaps our favorite innovation to round out the offerings on the new plane (it made its debut on the 777-300ER) comes courtesy of Japanese carriers All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines: bidet-style washlets. The toilets in these business class washrooms …