How to use the Washlet in Japan

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Que pasa? It’s Mr.Wada on duty. I’m in the washroom for some reason…top secret. Guess what I see in here. The Washlet. Know what it is? OK, here it goes.

What is Washlet?

To describe it in a simple way, it’s a butt washer installed on a toilet. Most probably you see it at restaurants, etc in Japan. It seemed to be made for medical use at first but it is now available for general use. Also it’s hemorrhoid patients friendly as well.

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Many kinds of the Washlet have functionality of warming up the seat. You would appreciate it during cold days in winter. If you have never used the Washlet, you might want to try this out while in Japan, though for meanwhile you should know how to use the Washlet properly NOT to mess up. Let me start with WHY I’m telling you this.
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A nightmare of my childhood

In my childhood, my friend had the Washlet at his place. One day I saw this Washlet in the washroom. It was my first time to see such a thing. The toilet’s got many buttons! Me, as a little child, got curious and couldn’t resist not to touch them (especially for kids at that age), I pressed one of the buttons and then SPLASH! It blew like a fountain! I panicked and had no idea what to do. Then my friend’s mom came in and stopped it but it left me soaking wet! Since then I’d been afraid of this Washlet thing…

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(Photo credit: Petras Gagilas)

Time to rise…no, sit

A few years go though, I happened to have a Washlet at my place (it was already installed when I moved in). I was still skeptical to it. However, come to think of it, it’s been a long time since it happened. I thought, maybe it’d be time to get over the nightmare of my childhood and give it a shot.

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Control panel of the Washlet

How exactly a Washlet is like?

Let’s say I’m done with the bowel movement (don’t let me explain in details). Now what?

Take a look closer. It’s a control panel of our Washlet. These four buttons on top are STOP, REGULAR, GENTLE, and BIDET. The two buttons lower left are power level, the other two on the right are for adjusting angles (forward or backward).

OK, I’ll go for REGULAR.
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As the button is pressed, it gets in motion. Hold your body tight and get ready…

Hell, this little evil is aiming at me down there!
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Here comes…

BOOM!

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(Photo credit: Alexxx Malev)

Current setting is a little hard for me. Now I gotta lower the power level a little….
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Hm…it feels alright. I’m good. Now press the STOP button and that’s it. I made it!
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Oh, don’t forget to flush though.
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Done!

Refreshed?

It wasn’t bad at all. However, you should be careful if current setting of the power level is very high, it could blow your hole.

I feel cleaned and anyhow more confident than before (hehe). OK, I can live with it. It took me such a long time to familiarize it but it might not take that long for you. Please try it and let me know how it goes. See you around.
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How to Make Warabi Mochi

Japanese Sweets - Warabi Mochi

Hi everyone! It’s Mrs. Wada, back on duty. We’ve introduced homemade sweets in our posts. In this post, I’m also going to share one, how to make a Japanese sweets called “warabi mochi”.

What is Warabi Mochi?

Warabi-mochi is a Japanese sweets made of bracken (fern) starch and sugar, usually comes along with kinako (roasted soybean powder). Originally, warabi (bracken) starch is used but since it’s very expensive now, potato or tapioca starch is used instead. I actually didn’t know about this until I checked the ingredient written on the “warabi” powder product I usually buy. Of course, it was written in Japanese and I just assumed those Kanji characters refer to warabi. When I checked, it actually means sweet potato starch. What a surprise for me. Anyway, so it only means you don’t have to have the actual warabi starch to make one, potato or tapioca starch will do.

Japanese Sweets - Warabi Mochi Powder Pack

“Warabi mochi powder” pack for 65 yen (less than $1)
good for 8 servings.

How to Make Warabi Mochi?

Usual way to prepare warabi-mochi is to cook it in a pot, by mixing well the starch and water and then, heat it up for about 2 to 3 minutes until it thickens. But I’ve learned another way to prepare with the use of a microwave just because I don’t want to wash the pot. It’s very simple, here’s how:

Ingredients (Good for 4 servings):

– 90 grams of “warabi-mochi” powder (potato or tapioca starch can be used too)
– 400~500 ml of water
– 2~3 tbsp. of sugar
– kinako (roasted soybean powder) and honey for topping
– ice cubes or iced water

 

Procedure:

1. In a big bowl, mix “warabi mochi” powder, sugar and water.
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2. Partially cover the bowl with a plastic wrap.
3. Microwave for a total of 6 minutes. Take it out every 2 minutes, mix and microwave again. This is to make sure it’s well mixed.
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4. Then, take out the bowl and pour iced water or water with ice cubes into the bowl.
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5. Keep the warabi-mochi in the cold water until it’s totally cooled down.
6. Strained the warabi-mochi and wipe off the water left.
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7. You can slice it in cubes, scoop out or shape it as you like.
8. Place the warabi-mochi in a plate and mix with kinako. You can also drizzle some honey. Ready to eat!
Japanese Sweets - Warabi Mochi

 Some Options

Although warabi-mochi with kinako tastes good as it is, mixing green tea (matcha) powder gives another variation. I’ve tried one with walnuts in it that I bought from supermarket and it was really good. I might try adding some nuts the next time I make it.

How is that to you? If you got some potato or tapioca starch left in your kitchen, why not give it a try? Let me know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by!