Chinese shoppers have long traveled to Japan to stock up on superior-quality disposable diapers for their babies. Now, they’re eyeing a Japanese product of luxury for their own derrières.
That is, of course, the toilet seat. Anyone who’s been to Japan could tell you that the country produces some damn fine toilets. With their various spray features and heat options, toilets in Japan are far beyond just a porcelain bowl. They play music, they follow commands and they will probably one day take over the human race. Travelers from China to Japan have recently been scooping up bidet toilet seats like novelty keychains, according to China Real Time:
News segments on the shopping frenzy shown on Chinese state television showed a Japanese store manager bemused by herds of Chinese tour groups who take just one afternoon to clean out, so to speak, his entire store. Price per bidet? Just 2,000 yuan ($320) a pop.
Picking up on the trend, the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily just will not admit to China’s, and let’s face it—much of the world’s—shortcomings when it comes to the modern toilet. “Do Japanese toilet lids smell better? the editorial questioned. “Hopefully our countrymen will buy Chinese products, because supporting our country’s industries – isn’t that a kind of patriotism?”
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