旦那の独り言 22: カナダのトイレ事情 (fixing a plugged Canadian toilet)

wooden urinal from Japan

While it looks inviting, it’s out of order!
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

カナダのトイレ事情。トイレの詰まりを直す!プランジャーの使い方など、ヒトシの体験を元に紹介。ポッドキャストで英語の勉強!ヒトシが好きな英語のポッドキャスト番組を紹介。 Have you (or a friend, if you’re shy) ever plugged a toilet? Come on. Everyone has. When I moved to Japan, I didn’t buy a plunger and wondered why. Well, not really but reflecting in earnest, I can’t recall seeing a plunger beside a toilet in its place of honour, like back in Canada. Hitoshi thinks Japanese toilets have powerful flushing mechanisms. I have yet to develop a theory but I have no doubt that someone has done thorough research. In podcast #22, learn how to unplug a toilet in Canada including phrases to ask your host or a stranger for a plunger, if you decide to be so bold. And Hitoshi keeps you occupied whilst plunging with tips for improving English skills with podcasts from Japan. What are your toilet plunging secrets? Do you have a favorite English language podcast from Japan? Comments in English and Japanese are welcome! Follow Hitoshi on Twitter! @JCM_Annex

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9 thoughts on “旦那の独り言 22: カナダのトイレ事情 (fixing a plugged Canadian toilet)

    • Are you sure??? ;D Ha ha ha! Yes, maybe Belgian toilets are also magical.

      When we had to call in a plumber for one toilet shortly after we moved into a place in Canada, the guy said that kleenex/tissues, paper towels and toys flushed my kids are the biggest toilet cloggers. Newer toilets here also have a windy pipe so more gets stuck.

      It’s incredible – in Japan, three-ply toilet paper is really popular and so the flush HAS to be strong to swallow that stuff down! It’s almost as thick as a cloth!

      • I don’t have any kids, so, I’ll never put my toys in the toilet haha. As for the kleenex, I avoid putting them in it as well. I’m using three-ply toilet paper, it’s not that common elsewhere ? 😀 I’m learning new things about toilet around the world, this is fascinating !! (and hilarious)

        • Ha ha! Yes, 3-ply is on the shelves here. We’ve been sticking with 1-ply for years but I know it’s not for everyone. You do have to layer and then switching the 3-ply where you don’t means a bit of fiddling. Schools and public toilets just about anywhere are generally 1-ply in my Canadian experiences. Same goes for Japan, but some nicer places have thicker toilet paper and some homes will have scented 3-ply.

          And of course, there’s also no-ply in some places I’ve travelled, like the Hermitage in St. P many years ago. That and the door was low enough for me to see over it standing up. Ha ha! Or the public toilet in Beijing with no doors and open to the street. There *were* walls between the squat stalls, though.

          Thailand was clog free at the house where we stayed when I was volunteering. We burned our toilet paper and flushing was with a little bucket of water down a straight pipe. Nice and simple. 😀 The one thing I will never forget about Thailand was landing in Phuket and using the airport squat toilet. The foot pads were sloped and I came cms to sliding into the bowl. Oops! I’ve never seen that style in Japan. There’s usually no pads.

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