I’m guessing that the how-to-use-a-Japanese-toilet conundrum isn’t one that keeps most people awake at night. But for anyone interested, this little animation explains things quite nicely. Even if this most tricky of procedures holds no interest to you, it’s worth a look anyway, as it’s pretty funny. Perhaps unintentionally, but funny nonetheless.
The site it comes from also has some information on public lavvies in Tokyo. Admittedly an odd topic for a website, but judging from the owner’s writing, he does seem to have an unhealthy interest in all things toilet related. I guess this is a good outlet (for want of a better description) for his passion.
If you have just eaten (or are about to) I suggest you don’t take a look. If you haven’t (or aren’t), go here and be sure to click on the small map, for perhaps the internet’s only Tokyo Toilet Tour. Complete with cleanliness and design rankings too!