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The Sound Princess

This is the Otohime (音姫), literally translated into English as the Sound Princess.  As a male, this is something that I’ve sometimes heard about, but rarely come across.  The Sound Princess inhabits women’s bathrooms in Japan, or in the case of a cafe I went to on the weekend, the unisex bathroom.

Sound Princess

 

Otohime

The purpose of the Otohime is to create a sound that drowns out and hides any embarrassing toilet sounds that you might make whilst going about your business.  After all, you wouldn’t want the person waiting outside or in the next cubicle to hear what you’re up to.  Click on the sound button above to hear the Otohime in action.  The sound is a recording of water flushing, which saves water because it saves the necessity of flushing the toilet to create the noise to hide your toilet sounds.

One Comment

  1. JapanSoc says:

    Otohime drowns out embarrassing toilet sounds…

    Use the Sound Princess (better known as the Otohime) to drown out those embarrassing toilet sounds while you go about your business. No doubt all female readers in Japan will already know about these devices, but as a male, it was an unusual experienc…

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