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OMG. I'd buy a washlet just because the website is so cool! So happy and comforting!

Posted by Gem | July 13, 2007 9:45 AM

NSFW. NSFW. (the vertical and horizontal ass smiles are cute tho)

Posted by Phenics | July 13, 2007 9:54 AM

I lived in Seoul, SKorea a few years ago - and EVERY middle class (and up) family had one of these.

They ARE comforting. They ARE happy!

Posted by behindthetimes | July 13, 2007 10:03 AM

Euphemism overload!

Posted by Anthony Hecht | July 13, 2007 10:05 AM

I have so many feelings, all at once. I am grossed out, but intrigued. I am irritated by those smiling asses, but oddly happier after looking at the site. The fully clothed woman on the toilet seat reminds me of the blue liquid we're supposed to deposit on our feminine hygiene products, but she's so cute and helpful, and she really did answer my questions, eventually.

And most of all, I have no idea if I want one, or if I would ridicule a friend until the end of time if he or she bought one. I love the ass dryer. That's definitely the best part.

Posted by bitch on heels | July 13, 2007 10:06 AM

If I got one of these my husband would NEVER leave the can. He spends enough time in there as it is.

Posted by JessB | July 13, 2007 10:11 AM

When i was in Japan last summer this was all i saw. Even at the trashiest convient store, which isn't saying it was very trashy at all, they had a ToTo robotic toilet capable of cleaning your happy ass with warm water. Heated seats too. All those schoolyard stories you heard about the Japanese having everything years before we do, they're true. Welcome to shitting 2.0

Posted by Preston | July 13, 2007 10:16 AM

Fun game - wait until the initial intro has stopped playing on the home page of the site, and then move your cursor over the happy faces for their surprised reaction.

Posted by thankshappy | July 13, 2007 10:18 AM

i remember seeing these at the asian market like 6 or 7 years ago, and wanted it then. how much are they? this solves my bidet-wanting problem.

Posted by and | July 13, 2007 10:22 AM

The dad of a friend of mine in Kansas City was an early investor in what was then going to be called "The American Bidet," which sounds like the same product, and they had one on their can, in 1992. The water and the warm air, alternating on either end of a pedal, were really fun, but I got the impression that it was for people who are really icked out at the idea of wiping their own butts. And I'm not sure the stream of warm water makes a completely satisfactory substitute for TP.

But the best part was how it worked. I was a little scared so I stepped on the foot pedal without sitting on the seat. A creepy little tube with a angled nozzle moved from under the back of the seat to the middle of the pot (like a sneaky cobra in an action movie), then squirted water six feet into the air and onto the wall opposite. Oops.

Posted by Eric F | July 13, 2007 10:44 AM

These have commonplace in Japan at least since I first visited 12 years ago. I have only kind words for the product, but am I the only person who finds the new website decidedly creepy?

Posted by lostboy | July 13, 2007 10:50 AM

Very cool. Looks like they cost $400-600.

As I recently read, "if you had dung on your face, would you wipe it off with paper or with soap and water?"

Posted by SeattleBrad | July 13, 2007 10:57 AM

@8 - of the million things I love about every woman, I love differently-shaped eyes.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | July 13, 2007 12:14 PM

"Clean is confident. Clean is happy." Oh god... Clean is wasting water.

Posted by Katelyn | July 13, 2007 12:17 PM

Clean is wasting water.

Posted by Katelyn | July 13, 2007 12:19 PM

This is old content -- has been linked to elsewhere a while ago. If you don't get on a story in the first day or two, just let it go. Otherwise you are no better than the Seattle Times.

Posted by Old guy | July 13, 2007 8:13 PM

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