February 10, 2007
These devices are sometimes found in toilet stalls in public restrooms. Push the button and it creates a flushing sound to mask noises. When I first came to Japan, people flushed the toilet before or as they were using it. That wasted water. These give privacy without wasting water.
There are different ways to flush toilets in Japan. Some toilets have sensors and they flush by themselves as you move away from them. I have seen some of them in public restrooms in the States.
This toilet has a sensor on it. You hold your hand over the top. After you move your hand , the toilet flushes. You don't have to touch it.