Today I am going to write about the buttons on this control panel for a Japanese toilet. The buttons are labelled in Japanese and English but actually at least one of the English labels is confusing so let’s break them down rigorously and learn some useful words along the way.
Here is the full picture (the image in the header to this post is just an excerpt):
buttocks, rear, backside
bidet [a French loanword describing a basin-like device for cleaning one’s nether regions]
Note: regular commenter locksleyu points out “音 is usually read おと by itself and おん in compounds”.
water force (pressure)
I did my best with these but I wasn’t sure about some of the finer points, in particular my pronunciative interpretation of 大, 小, and 止 in this context. It is also worth noting the use of “bidet” as a loanword here to describe a front area spray – you often find this in Japanese that a word is taken from another language and the meaning is altered to be something slightly different.
What do you think? Feel free to correct me or expand on this topic in the comments!
Electronic Japanese toilets are really cool and I miss them from my time in Japan. One day I might buy one for my home in the UK.
Image credit: I don’t actually know! This image just turned up on my desktop some time last week and I labelled it “write about this”. I probably downloaded it from somewhere in my social media feeds 🤔