Jul 31, 2013

NO, hot water is not used for laundry in Japan

I am deeply sorry to the person who made this comment, but I get comments like this all the time.

Someone will claim they seen something in Japan, and everyone does it, even though it is completely not true, doesn't go with Japanese culture or what exists here AT ALL.


If this information in this comment happens TO be true, then it is absolutely freakish case, most strangest thing in the history of Japan to ever happen.


If you don't already know, in Japan lot of people hang clothes outside to dry. In the winter too. Why? Why pay for electricity and use a dryer when you can use the sun?
The sun is free and its part of their culture. Just because they have the technology to dry it in a dryer, doesn't mean most people are interested in wasting power when its free outside. It has always been that way, even after the invention of electric driers you will still see all year round clothes hung outside.

Saving power isn't the only reason I have heard Japanese people say they dry it outside. Many Japanese people ask me when I tell them that we use machines in Canada.

'Doesn't it become wrinkled?'

'How do you prevent wrinkles'

'Doesn't it shrink?'

'Doesn't it get bigger?'

If you walk down the streets around Japan, any sunny day you will see laundry hung outside. You will also see futon hung outside. Japanese people hang their beds outside to get rid of the bugs and stink that happens to form on your bed while you sleep.

On rainy days, the laundry is hung inside their house.

You might ask, why would Japanese hang clothes outside in the winter? Well in most parts of Japan, winter doesn't get a lot of snow, or even any snow at all. In Tokyo clothes are still hung outside during the day in the winter, and inside during the time where the sun is not gone. This couldn't happen in Canada in the winter, because the clothes would not dry but instead turn to ice. lol.

In northern parts of Japan, it snows a lot in the winter, so a lot more people just hang them inside to dry.

Inside Japanese bathrooms there is a pole, similar to a shower curtain pole in the west. However in Japan its not actually supposed to be used for shower curtain, but for hanging laundry. They also have a powerful dry fan above the bath that will dry your clothes on a rainy day or a winter day.

This is the only normal alternative method to hanging the clothes outside in Japan.



Now, This doesn't mean that some people don't have dryers. Some people do, especially people who live in the northern parts of Japan. Its just VERY uncommon. It may even be suprising for those coming from a country where people don't dry clothes outside. 

Real western dryers in Japan exist, and are mostly only used by companies. Most normal washers don't have a drying function, and some only have a partial dry function that just leaves the clothes moist. I can't tell you guys much about how dryers work in Japan, because I haven't found anyone who owns one yet.


Second. Hot water in Japan is not used for washers. In fact, there is only one tube attached to the back of the washer that pumps in cold water only. This is because hot water costs more money to make, thus saving energy. Japanese love saving energy and its certianly more shamed in Japan to waste than it is in Canada.  This is just something they don't have an option for, and don't even complain about.

In order to use hot water, you must pump the water from your OFURO (Japanese bath). Japanese people don't like to waste water so some times you will see people use the old ofuro water, and put it in the washing machine and use it to wash a load of clothes. Some machines have a pump attached that you can put in the ofuro and actually pump it directly into the machine. Others have to manually go back and forth with a bucket (pain in the ass).


NOW.
Time for the ran and crazy comment I got today.

'''No hot water and no dryer? You know that's not true. With Money anything is possible. Even for Japan developed standards! Your generalizing too much!'''


My reply:  '''You don't even live in Japan, and you never been here. Just because technology exists doesn't mean we use it. The ONLY pipe that comes into a washer in a house is cold water, no hot. Dryers exist, but people don't use them. People dry their clothes outside, that is considered normal.'''


'''No.....I have been to Japan and I seen people use hot water and have a dryer to do the laundry. Of course, my friends did remodel their plumbing, but they do have hot water and a dryer. we have to clarify this because you said that the Japanese don't use dryers and hot water. For a 1st world nation and 2nd in GDP to America, you do have some people in the country of 126M+ that use hot water and dryers.I assume you meant "The Majority" not "all".    '''


I am sorry. I don't mean to hurt you. But wtf.


I will start with the first world country crap. Just because Japanese people hang clothing outside, doesn't mean they do it because of lack of technology. I find it really insulting to those cultures that do things differently that is seen as 'third world'. It is not third world to be using the suns energy for a good purpose.

I understand their thinking way now, why use a dryer? The sun is right there. Its free. Why waste energy?  I have got used to drying my clothes outside where I feel like its much better to do than in a machine. Its free, I don't know how you can have a deal that beats free. It takes me only 5 mins extra to hang up.

Anyways, the part where this post this commenter upsets me is,

WHY in HELL. Would any Japanese person go through the stress of modifying their house to have hot water attached to their washer?  That is as insane as a person in Canada, going through the modification to have a special washer built that has boiling water, instead of warm or hot water. But a extra one for mad boiling water (which isn't even used in Canada).  Its something people don't use for their normal day, so why would the Japanese invent some thing like a hot water pipe for the washer??.

In all Japanese houses, there is no option, its just always cold. To add a extra pipe, of course is possible, but who would think of doing this?? This is western thinking because we are used to options. In Japan, they just DON'T USE IT!. To do a reno ALL for that?? I don't understand what kind of family would go thought the touble to modify their house so that two pipes stick out. Which is why I feel like this person is just making up information as they go along.

Even if they wern't making this up, it still doesn't mean every Japanese person is renovating their houses so that all the houses can have a hot water and a cold water pipe. Doesn't change the fact that most Japanese people hang their clothes outside to dry, and wash in cold water.

Renovations are expensive. To rip up a house, install a pump that pumps also hot water would be out of this world, at least, in the world of Japan.

74 comments:

  1. WTF , I beleive you Mira . :)

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  2. Ill be going to Japan soon and I am kinda worried that my clothes won't get clean with only cold water....but lets wait and see :/

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    1. In Canada its normal to use cold water. After the whole enviromentaly friendly boom came out, I don't know anyone who uses hot. You will be fine.

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    2. Scientifically speaking, cold water is better for washing laundry, because hot water can dissolve the soap. js.

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    3. I haven't had heating/gas in my house since January and I'm managing ;) My clothes are washed in cold water, and the dishes (so in last years winter, my boyfriends hands were soo cold XD).

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    4. But bacteria only dies above 60°C? Thats gross for underwear only washing it in cold water :(

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  3. Shouldn't it be more of a choice thing? Like, "if they live in newer apartments" or like, "certain places or areas have dryers..." it seems sort of , well odd, to generalize that 'people just like to save energy' and that, 'they dont have dryers.

    It's a matter of preference and money saving in my opinion.

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    1. Well its a choice that people don't chose.

      It has always been part of the culture, hanging out side is free, fast and convenient for them. They always did it, and nobody has a problem with it to stop doing it.

      The only benifit to a dryer is saving a little bit of time that it takes to hang it up and take it down. That is time that is seen not more benifitial than saving the electricity.


      There is 100% no option in any Japanese house for hot water to be pumped into washer. The only water people take and put into the washer is from the cold water pipe connected to the wall, or from their ofuro water after they use it. You have to buy a extra hose that connects into the back of your washer and then you drag the hose to the bathtub and shove it in the water and suck it up.

      Its not generalizing. You won't be able to understand if you don't live here. Its just the way things are done and exist.

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    2. You are right -- Mira is over generalizing. It's totally incorrect to say "There is 100% no option in any Japanese house for hot water to be pumped into the washer." I live in Japan as well, and even in my tiny apartment, we could get hot water in the washer if we change a few settings and do the work to simply turn it on. It's uncommon, certainly. But it definitely happens, and it's not the most freakish thing in the world.

      Also, in every single store that sells appliances, I see a minimum of 5 or 6 varieties of dryers. Minimum -- and that was in a very small store. If no one ever used them, they wouldn't sell so many types.

      Is it (by far) more common to hang dry clothes? Absolutely. Is it freakish and weird to have a dryer? Certainly not. They don't sell things that people don't buy (at least not for long, or in a huge variety)... someone must be buying and using these dryers! And there aren't enough 'environment hating' foreigners here (lol) to create such a large market ;-)

      Things aren't as extreme here in Japan as she portrays on her blog or videos. I love Mira's content. I really do! Some of her videos have been very helpful to me. But she does get a little overzealous about insisting things are so extremely different here, when in reality, that isn't always the case.

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  4. Do the Japanese not use biological washing powder then?

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    1. Laundry soap? They use the same type of stuff available at least in Canada. Different brands, different smells. In Canada its so common not to use hot water now a days. Its actually not even needed to clean your clothes, the reason why the hot water was ever even used was because of the chemicals in some soap doesn't disolve in cold water.

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  5. I think you're making too much out of this...

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  6. The rant seems reasonable. The issue some may have with cold water seems to come from an expectation all developed countries are similarly constructed. Japan is different, for better or worse, and imposing a Western ideal is not cool.

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  7. (Excuse me for any grammar mistakes, English is not my mother language.)
    Having a dryer but not using it is also a type of use in the Netherlands. Even in the cold winters we will hang it out to let it dry instead of using an expensive dryer. Sure, when it's raining or snowing, or freezing so your laundry will almost break, then we use a dryer. But not everyone has such item in there household.

    Washing cold is the new hot, here too btw. Washing on 40 degrees celsius is working just perfect. It depends on the person washing tho. I would use 40/60 degrees celsius and it's perfect, but my mom still works and thinks in the 'hot water is the only way to go!' and kind of believes 'cold' (I mean 40/60 degrees celsius isn't really cold..) water will not wash it completely.

    It's really the kind of preferences you have, and when you're visiting a different country you just have to buckle up an live with the sources they have there. As a Dutch person I really love my Gouda cheese. But sjees, on vacation in Paris all I could get was Emmentaler cheese, of waaaay expensive Gouda cheese. You just need to learn how to live somewhere. c: (But this depends perhaps on how openminded people are.)
    Woops long rant. Hope you found it interesting! And do rant about these things, it's really interesting to see what people think about certain things and how different it is in other countries.

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    1. @Lina, I agree about that! We do too. but as you know too, there had been comcersials on tv about washing in cold temrpatures..

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    2. greetings
      Eva
      ( also dutch)

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    3. Hey there, Linda! Greetings from Germany ;)

      Well, you can't really compare American/Japanese "washers" to European "washing machines". The washers are built up completely different and work on a different technical principle. They are considered obsolete and outdated in Europe since the 1960s.

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  8. Hi Mira

    I'm kinda curious about something. I believe that japanese peoploe don't use hot water to wash their clothes, i've been studing the culture for a few years, so I undurstand all your arguments, except one.

    I'm from Portugal, so excuse my english. So, here in Portugal we hang our clothes outside, I do have a drayer, but we only use it in the winter, and if we really need to, because its expensive. So hanging clothes outside totaly normal.

    Regarding the hot water in the washing mashines, I don't kwow if our washing machines are much different from the american, canadian and japanese, but, we also only have one pipe coming into the washer, however, we can wash our clothes with hot water, because the washer heats the water with a heating device. We can chose cold programs or hot programs from 30 to 90º, with only one pipe. Maybe that's not common in japan.

    like your videos :)

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    1. In Japan there is only 1 pipe that pumps cold water. I have never seen a washer that has a heating function.

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    2. Yeah, that's the way in Finland too. There's only one pipe and cold water comes to the washer, but the washer heats the water. You can't put hot water to the washer because then it would get too hot. In Finland people don't usually have dryers but they dry their clothes inside the house. It's normal and not 'poor'. I can't see why anyone would get upset about it... It's just what people do.

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    3. That's the way in THE HOLE WORLD.
      There's only one pipe and cold water comes to the washer, but the washer heats the water!!! (if you select it)

      Washing machines and dishwashers with hot water connection is available in Japan as well as around the world. But only in very upscale design standard. The function of it is TO SAVE ENERGY. The heating in the devices is relatively inefficient. The large memory of the house (eg district heating or SOLAR) is much more efficient.

      So, hope you all are now informed.

      Many greetings from Switzerland, Philippe

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    4. The newer ones usually have the option to attach them to either hot or cold water, sometimes even both (check your manual for further instructions). The heating units of recent machines are usually controlled by a microprocessor that constantly monitors the output temperature of the system.

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    5. Philippe, my washer has two hoses that connect to a cold water tap and a hot water tap. I do not have the hot water tap attached though, as I want to save money.

      My parent's washing machine is the same, as are all of my friends. I have never seen a washer here in Australia that heats the cold water.

      That is just in my experience though. Washing machines here in Australia almost always come with two hoses that I have seen.

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  9. From personal experience pretty much what you've stated is true. I my self mainly used the laundry mat over there as it was pretty much across the road and unlike where I'm from you don't need to sit there to make sure your clothes don't get pinched. though when I did have a washing machine it heated the water it self. but even back home only time I use hot water is for my work uniforms and thats only because of the grease and oil that I work with. dunno why people making such a fuss over water. heck even these days in here in Aus I can go to the appliance store and buy a washing machine that will only connect to cold water. welcome to the environmentally conscious new world we live in...

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  10. ITS TRUE

    In Japan we don't use the hot water to keep clothes washed. We have option of cold water only. We don't think about any other options or way to wash except put in wash and then put outside.

    Japan is hot country, if we wash in hot water, its easy to become mould on clothing in summer.

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  11. OMG japanese wash machines are so outdated. I pity you. Saves energy? hah what a bunch of pretentious BS. What about all the Japan's heavy industry? is that ecological too?? #NOT

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    1. What country do you live in ? In Canada it's the same, we don't use hot water. Hot water costs money, cold water is free. Why would you pay more to wash your clothes when they can be washed in cold water? That's unlogical to the max

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    2. It is more hygenic to wash towels, underwear and sheets in hot water, it kills germs and helps get stains out of the clothes without extra chemicals from stain removers. Modern washing machines heat cold water up, they don't need to be attached to warm water. You bullshit so much in your blog and videos it hurts my brain.

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  12. I'm from Mexico and here you can use hot/cold water to wash your clothes and we use the sun...I normally use cold water, I think because my mom uses cold water and its super rare when she uses hot water...to me was normal to dry the clothes outside and a classmate told me that her family uses a dryer all the time...to me that was weird...Mexico City is hot always!! so using a dryer is kind of stupid to me, well of course if its raining and the weather is not nice you need to use a dryer if you don't have the space inside your house to hang your clothes...(I'm so sorry if I have spelling/grammar mistakes)

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  13. I don't understand why small things like this bother you so much but oh well maybe that's your personality. Try chilling out once in a while and don't be so high strung about something as trivial as laundry. Anyway, hate to burst your bubble, but I have been living in Japan for 10 years. I lived in Tokyo for 3 and have been living in Mie for 7 now. It makes sense why people don't use dryers in Tokyo, I agree! Apartments and houses in Tokyo are very small and utilities like electric cost more in Tokyo than in other less densely populated areas of the country. We built our house 3 years ago and have a dryer. Every model home we walked through before we built our house had a dryer in it to give potential buyers an image of what their homes could look like. All of our Japanese friends and acquaintances young and also have dryers in their homes now(we use them only in the winter time and on rainy days when we need to do laundry but we take full advantage of good weather and mostly hang our clothes outside). I understand and respect that your personal experience is your personal experience and it is hard to imagine that people outside of Tokyo do things any differently, but they do! I hope you visit other prefectures one day so you can see that Japan has way more and sometimes way less than what you see and experience in Tokyo. Take it easy! :)

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    1. I am Japanese who lived in Kansai and up towards Northern Japan. We don't use hot water because we have no pipe with hot water function like people from outside Japan. You edit your house to make a new function? That is because you are not from Japan so you and your family want to feel like you are at home in Japan.

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    2. WE DO NOT USE HOT WATER! WE OWN A DRYER! We purchased a new house. We made no "editing" to our house, we purchased the standard floor plan. MY WIFE IS JAPANESE and my JAPANESE father and mother in law live with us in our home. My JAPANESE WIFE does all of the the laundry! She was more than happy to purchase a dryer. Owning a dryer has nothing to do with being foreign. Japanese people can be really stupid and ignorant when it comes to relating to foreign born people. Stop ridiculing and over analyzing everything a foreign born person does. This aspect of the Japanese personality is very unappealing. Us foreign born residents of Japan make great contributions to Japan. We work and pay taxes that pay the pensions of the aging population, we feed the economy when we shop and eat at restaurants. We also add to the population when we marry and have children here. My family has added 2 soon to be 3 children to Japan's population. I am a Canadian born PERMANENT RESIDENT of Japan and I am not ashamed of being foreign born. Japan is my home and ignorant xenophobic Japanese people like you will just have to live with that.

      やっぱり、日本人は英語がはっきり理解できないから、日本語でもう一度説明してあげます。当り前、湯を使いませんよ!でも、乾燥機を持ってますよ!雪や雨が降ると乾燥機を使いますよ!

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    3. Why do you become full with anger? What Mira says is 100% true. It is so rare for Japanese to use dryer to dry clothes. It is concidered lazy and strange. It is only seen in the laundry store where people don't own their own laundry, workers.

      If your family use dryer, that is your family, not normal Japanese people. Some Japanese maybe eat with fork all meals, but that is not Japanese way. Just because someone does it, doesn't make it Japanese way or normal or ok.

      If your family cares about energy, they wouldn't use such a machine. The sun is free and easy on the power situation here. Your wife is not the basic example of a Japanese wife. That is not Japanese like activity to use such a machine.

      If Mira went to Canada and she use the sun to dry her clothes, is she Canadian character? No. That is Japanese way, she would be doing because she has interest in Japanese way.

      Maybe you shouldn't use anger towards people, I have not used anger towards you, but you take words as a offence and explode with anger.

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    4. How is it lazy and wrong for my wife to use the dryer when it is snowing outside or raining all week long and I need clean clothes for work? She is a pregnant house wife with 2 small children and she works extremely hard cooking, cleaning, and managing the home. She is not lazy or strange! Of course we always prefer to save energy and use good weather whenever it is available. We almost never use our dryer, but when we need one it is there and it is a life saver. I am not using anger towards you. You are just being ignorant about foreign born people like a typical xenophobic Japanese and I am calling you out on your ignorance. Feel free to take it however you like.

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  14. お湯を使わない理由の一つに、水質があります。

    水道の水がミネラル(mineral)成分が多い硬水(Hard water)の地域だと、
    お湯でないと洗剤の泡立ちが悪く、汚れが落ちにくいけど、
    ミネラルが少ない軟水(Soft water)だと、冷たい水でも洗剤は泡立ち、十分汚れが落ちます。

    で、日本の水道水は軟水にちかいのでした。以下参考サイトです。

    Hard Water
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_water

    日本語版Wikipedia
    「硬水(こうすい)」
    >日本の水は外国に比べて、硬度が低いとされている。
    >硬水に比べて泡立ちがよく

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  15. i want to hang out with you Mira :) i'm coming to tokyo in 5 days i'm from kuwait

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  16. Everytime I read Mira's posts about Japanese people's habits in order to save energy, I feel embarrased because I live in America and I'm starting to realize how wasteful we really are. >.<"

    My best friend's mother is Japanese and they still hang their laundry outside even though they live in America and own a dryer. Throughout the years, I've noticed the differences between their house and mine in regards to energy consumption and how they always managed to keep their's to a minimum.

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  17. I'm a Japanese housewife and use dryer.Nobody tells me I'm lazy or whatever. I have friends that use dryers too. You are wrong miss

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  18. They thing I really dislike about living in apartments in America is that 99% of the time it is against community rules to hang clothes outside. They think it is trashy and makes the apartment complex look bad. I have a family of five and there is no way I could dry everything inside to dry. :(

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  19. They do the same thing in Mexico, hang clothes to dry outside.

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  20. 僕もそう思いますよ I think same too

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  21. Hi Mira :)

    From my experience, the only reason most Japanese households don't have a washing machine with a dryer function is that it's expensive, but they do exist and if you shop the mid to higher end of the market you'll find plenty of them. Have a look: http://www.yodobashi.com/%E6%B4%97%E6%BF%AF%E4%B9%BE%E7%87%A5%E6%A9%9F/ct/6456_500000000000000211/
    I agree that Japanese washing machines don't use hot water, not because of the lack of hot water entry (that has nothing to do with it), but mainly because I have yet to see a Japanese washing machine that heats water, and yes, I looked for one!

    Hanging clothes outside is an option which is very popular. However, according to my building's rules, we are not allowed to do it: it ruins the aesthetic of the building and surrounding areas... So neither I nor the Japanese neighbours hang clothes out of the balcony. We're also not supposed to smoke on the balcony to avoid stubs on the pavement/stop smoke going to other balconies. Those and other rules are what you get for living in a pompous building!

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  22. Just came from a visit to Japan, during summer season. I noticed normally in Japan dryers aren't used, however, during summer the air is sooo moist that if they left the clothes outside it would never dry. We did have to go to a laundrette, however.

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  23. Hey, I would just like to add that, being an European, I completely understand what Mira is trying to say when she says that for Japanese using a dryer is unthinkable. We have dryers too in the shop but almost nobody buys it. We hang our clothes outside and we use our balconies in rainy days for it, we even have a kind of rolling string outside the (usually) kitchen window for it. An most of the people in my country use cold water to the laundry, even if our standard machines are able to wash it up to 60ª Celsius. I like in Portugal but I know that in most countries in Europe it's how it is done. Why buying a dryer and waste electricity/energy when you can hang? That's so consumist-thinking. We wait for it to dry, even during the winter, and it does. It's just normal.

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  24. *And most of
    *I live in

    I'm sorry for the mistakes.

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  25. I don't know why the fuck nobody says nothing about the laundry machines that can heat water. I'm from a third world country and I have one, and not need any fucking extra pipe for hot water. By the way, we have a lot o sun here, and no much money, but we use dryer machines because is faster to dry clothes. Yeah, I know, we a retards, but that's how we are.

    Mira, please, marry me. You are so beautiful! I want to have kids with you.

    Well... Bye.

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  26. I've lived in Japan 3 times - 4 years as a kid because of father's work, and a few months and then a year during college. Every house I lived in had a dryer, and it was used (the latter two times I was with Japanese families). Fine you can say that its the norm not to use a dryer, but just like pretty much every developed country some households use it and some don't? You need to stop generalising so fucking much, especially with how impressionable young weaboos tend to be, cause judging by these posts and listening to your Japanese videos on YT you really don't know as much as you're trying to portray.

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    1. お前の日本語はそんなにうまいなの? なら、じゃあ何で英語でこんなコメントを書いてきたんだ? 本当は、私はあなたの言っていること一字も信じられない。マジで。なぜ言うと私はもう分かる、ドライの機械はあんまりない。そとを見て分かるでしょ。雨の日でも、洗濯物は外に干してある。冬も同じじょうたい。それは当たり前。ヤマダ電機にも、ケイズ電気にも、野島電気でも売ってないじゃん。ドライがある洗濯機は高い。ドライだけの機械見たことない。使う人一人もあってないから。 あんたが言っていること信じられない。

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    2. うちは田舎だけど、家を建てるときから乾燥機が付いてたよ。それは普通。
      I am living on the countryside but also when you buy a house or build a house a dryer or a place for the dryer is included. Its kinda normal. I can understand cause of small places in Tokyo that not many ppl have that, but its a common thing like in europe etc too.
      To say, they are not using it is stupid, cause i know lot of japanese who do.

      Also washing machines with warm water are available even if many households dont have them. But usually futon etc which you cant wash in your small machine at home, you can wash at the coin laundry wherr many places have warm water washing machines.

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  27. I live in the UK and, although most people own dryers, the majority of people hang their clothes outside unless it is raining, when they will either wait until it stops raining or use the dryer. This is our culture, if in Japan they don't use dryers, and only cold water, then we should respect that because it is their culture.

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  28. I'm Japanese and living in Akita now. I think you don't need a dryer, because you live in Kanto-region, where it's always sunny in winter. You can dry your clothe in one day. But in Tohoku or Hokuriku-rigion almost every day is claudy or snowy and so cold. I think most people must have a dryer there. The clothe never get dry when you hang them out. Isn't that the same in Canada or north Europe? In Kanto region you have always good whather for hanging out the close in winter. That's one of the reasons why people don't use dryers, I think.
    But I like dryers. I would buy one even if I'd live in Tokyo, when I had enough money. It would be a lot easier.


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  29. I'm a Japanese who grew up in a fairly typical Japanese house... and we had a dryer. In fact that was the primal way of drying, because the garden was so small, anyway. I don't remember if there was a hot water pipe for the washer, but there might have been (we moved away when I was little).

    I now live in an apartment... and yes, there's no dryer or a hot water pipe for the washer. It probably mostly has to do with SPACE because Japanese apartments tend to be so small and compact. Water and electricity are also expensive in Japan, yes.

    "Japan being ecological and saving water/electricity" is mostly a myth. If you look at the statistics, then Japanese people tend to use a lot of water. I believe Japan is ranked 5th or something like that in water usage per person. Compared to North Americans, they don't use as much water/electricity, but compared to say Germans, they don't save as much.

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    1. You are right.

      Japanese use lots of water, mainly because culturaly they wash clothes every day or every other day. and people bath everyday, which takes a lot of water

      In canada, its once a week for laundry, and depends on the person for bathing.

      But what I am trying to say is, if Japanese used hot water for all their washing and water use, it would take up far more energy, thus they are saving energy.





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  30. It's not true at all..first off, you've said "Another reason why I wouldn't live in Canada. If I did this in Canada I would be considered poor". You make a lot of generalizations of Japan that sometimes have little to NO truth in them. But don't go around saying things like that because your not only bashing your home country your spreading a lie. You grew up in ONTARIO. Guess what it's only one province, step a little further outside your door before you decide your the ambassador for the whole country. As a Canadian I can assure people out there that yes many of us Canadians DO hang our laundry, more of us don't then do but you certainly wouldn't be considered poor for it like she says. Japan does have washers AND dryers but hey don't take my word for it come live in Japan if you rly want proof just don't take this girls advice because a lot of the stuff she says is just stupid. There are a bunch of other jvloggers out there that are a million times more nice and informative then her. Hydro is extremely expensive in Japan, and air drying is so easy so many people do it. But it's the stupidest thing to say no one has a dryer and still stupid to say it's "SUCH A RARE THING IT'S ALMOST NEVER SEEN" riiight...just like no one is Canada air dries their laundry....wrong. I don't recommend just walking into peoples houses BUT if you went to the shmancy areas your more likely to find a dryer because people can afford the hydro and the dryer and cant afford the time it takes to actually air dry because their so busy making all their moneys. Dryers are for the affluent/busy. Now where your MOST likely to see a dryer is in houses/village areas that were made with western home concepts, like homes being built for foreign military people staying in Japan which the military is paying for, they live on that base and YES they have DRYERS. You could also go to Hokkaido and stay at the luxury ski resorts in winter. It's beautiful and they have DRYERS. There are far too many places in Japan that use hot water and dryers too say that it's a rarity. And your STUPID if you think that just because no one you know uses those things automatically means NO ONE uses them. You don't even know enough about your home country to give accurate information so it is you that needs to stop making shit up Mira. Stop overreacting to people when they point out your mistakes, get some class and dignity stop being a drama queen whenever someone calls you on your bullshit. It's because of your wrong information, your inability to admit when your wrong, your arrogance and your bitchy attitude that people diss you. You give Canadians a bad name.

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    1. Somebody doesn't know what a paragraph is...

      Yes, You are concidered poor if you hang laundry outside. If you don't think so, its because you yourself are proud of what you do. Doesn't mean other people don't view it as poor.

      Just like dumpster diving is viewed as poor.

      I don't know where you learned English, but you should go back and read. I never said dryers don't exist in Japan. I never said 100% of people don't use dryer. YOU are the only one who is putting those words in my mouth.

      It is true when I say it is such a rare thing it is almost never seen. Do you know what these English words mean?

      It means most people don't use. Assuming since you say you know about Japan, I assume you speak Japanese, incase English isn't good enough for you to understand
      殆ど使わない
      殆どね

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  31. I have lived here for 20 years I think you are pretty much correct Mira. I would say that most Japanese people don't have a dryer, and they hang the washing out side in the same way they pick up a pair of chopsticks when they want to eat. I have never seen a hot water connection to a washer either. Your doing a great job - keep it up!

    I am amazed you can put up with all the BS comments, mind! Your a tough lady!

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  32. I've lived in America and Canada and I use cold water for my laundry all the time. I dont see why thats so surprising? It doesnt matter what temp. your water is - washing machines clean by their functions. As for dryers - I would rather hang clothes to dry because they smell fresher but as you said - I would only be able to do it Canada for a few months out of the year, haha.

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  33. As a swede, people's reactions amuse me. Dryers are common here, but it's not something everyone has. We rather get a good centrifugal effect in our washing machines so that we can hang our clothes on a hanging rack that can be folded and stored elsewhere when not used. In a country such as Japan, it makes 100% sense to me to conserve the resources considering how many people there are and how small the country is. And seriously; sun-dried aired out clothes are the comfiest to wear. And it doesn't wear down the clothes like drying them in a dryer does.

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  34. I only use cold water for my laundry. Hot water makes your clothes fade by the way. If I didn't live in an apartment that had told me I can not hang my clothes out, I would do that too. I have a dryer but truthful they use a lot of power.

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  35. I live in Japan. Specifically, I live just outside of Tachikawa (west side of Tokyo, past Shinjuku, on the Chuo line). I live in a single family house in Japan. My house is probably some weird abnormality, because it does have things that I've never seen in any other Japanese house. But one of those is the fact that I can use hot and cold water with my washing machine. The water going into it has sink-like knobs on the wall for the pipe going on and you have to turn those to adjust the water temperature that you want. It's not at all on the washing machine itself.

    My house also has a regular American dryer too. As in, literally, imported from the US. No, it's not mine. It belongs to the owner of the house (I rent). Since it's a US washer running in a Japanese house in Tokyo and there's the power difference, this means it takes about twice as long to dry a load of laundry as it does in the US. But, admittedly, I'm lazy and don't feel like dealing with hanging stuff up, so I deal with the slower drying.

    One appliance I don't have though (that I know pretty much no Japanese house has) that freaks Americans out? Well, beside lack of oven that is. It's the complete lack of a garbage disposal. I grew up in a house built in the '40s that didn't have one though, so it doesn't really bother me to not have one.

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    1. Garbage disposal? You mean a garbage can? like a place outside where you throw your bags?

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    2. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garbage_disposal_unit

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  36. I believe you as well.
    I live in the Netherlands, and our washer also only has one tube: cold water. Most houses are designed for only cold water for the washer as well. However, most washers heat up the water theirselves.

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  37. I have lived in Japan for 30 years and hung my laundry up for the last 25 years of that. All - or at least most- Japanese washers come with a hose and a pump that can be put into the bath. Japanese do not use soap in the bath so the water is clean the next day. We also put a cover on top of the bath so the water is usually still warm the next morning. On my washer you can set it so that the wash water is from the bath. You can also have the first rinse be with bath water. So there you have it- recycled water- several people use the bath water - after cleaning their bodies before getting into it of course ! - then you use it for the laundry. Recycling and warm water! Voila!

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  38. When I am telling people that people washing their clothes with cold water only, I always get shocked faces and getting asked why, and that the clothes won't get really clean if you don't wash it at 60°C. "Japanese are so weird" is always the conclusion of them.
    When I am telling Japanese people, that in Germany we are washing with 30° 40° or 60°C, their conclusion is also "Germans are weird" (^ ^)

    But I have to say, they are now warm-washing-machines in Japan! When I was looking for a washing mashine in big electronic stores, the warm-washing ones (only 2 types, while there were about 20 cold-washing-ones) was THE NEW thing! XD
    It was kind of funny seeing some Japanese staring at the mashines and wondering if it is really working etc. :D
    I think, in a few years there will be a lot of the warm washing ones :)
    And maybe for reasonable prices >__< Now they are still sooooo expensive here!! :o

    I first thought it's weird in Japan. But except for some stains in white clothes - and that might happen in Germany too- , everything gets clean (^ ^)v

    But it's the first time, that I hear, it's weird, that the people hanging their clothes outside for drying. In Germany we do that too. But normaly only if you have a big balcony or a garden. Many of my friends and my family think that it is funny :D But everyone understands why they do it. It's not only that you save energy, but that the clothes will smell more fresh - like the sun ;)

    In my apartment we have a pipe for clothes outside on the balcony for nice weather, which we can hang up inside in the living room in the winter, when we are using the aircon eitherway so it will warm up the room and dry the clothes. ^^
    I love the pipe in the bathroom the most. It's so quick! Best on rainy days when it's too warm using the aircon :)

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    1. Yes, you're right Rina! Some high end machines have both water heating and drying built in. It seems like prices around 250,000 Yen are pretty typical, so they don't come cheap. But at least they are out there. They tend to max out at 60C, whereas a 100C max is common in Europe.

      For every argument about electricity usage consider this - Hotter water often means less detergent too, which means less harmful chemicals are being released back into the environment. The hotter temperatures do the work of killing the bacteria.

      I think they're going to become a much more common sight in Japan eventually. It took years for "European style" front loading washing machines to catch on in the USA. But, if an idea has advantages, it eventually tends to win in the end, no matter what "tradition" or the "commonly accepted practice" of a culture might be.

      That said, I would NOT want to use a dryer in summer if I could help it - They give off a LOT of heat.

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  39. Surprised to see how many comments on the hot water intake. In France and Germany and the UK machines heat the water internally, to many temperatures of choice. Cold / 30 / 40 /60 /90 deg C. Why? Cold water doesn't kill bacteria. Cold water cannot clean well enough. Simple physics. Saving energy is a good point, but there is as usual no choice given in JP

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  40. I don't really know a lot about these things, but doesn't hot water remove dirt and filth far better than cold? Of course, since the Japanese are used to using cold water and haven't had any problems (?) I don't think it's a big deal. I do wonder if someone who uses hot water suddenly had to use cold, would they notice a difference?

    And as for hanging the laundry outside to dry... is that a rare sight in Canada? Or just in where you grew up? 'Cause where I come from it's completely normal to put clothes outside to dry from early spring to late autumn, debending on the weather of course. And it's not an uncommon thing to do even if you do have a dryer... never thought someone could write an interesting post about laundry, but you sure managed that.

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    1. i actually did try to clean my underwear with less hot water. not completely cold, but less hot. I like to clean my towels and underwear [bikini if you will] in 90 celsius degrees water [the max heat on my OLD laundry machine - it still functions]
      one time i decided to save on electricity [lmao] and set the temperature to about 70?
      I DID notice a difference, lol.. too much info, but it was itchy. i don't itch. except for this one time. something must have happened.

      for the record, all my other clothes get washed in about 60 degrees temperature. but from time to time i turn the machine to maximum. they feel cleaner when i do that. so... yea.

      this situation sounds stupid. dumb. -.- no comment

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  42. Hello there... As someone who's been here for over 6 years... I can totally understand you.
    No warm water, using the bath water? re-heating them after use? using the filter plug with the pump to clean them ? its like peeing into the washing machine.
    Its disgusting... I either use a big bowl to put warm water into the machine, or use the sink's shower head but its too short so I usually end up wiping the floor alot :)
    Most Laundry machines here are top loader, slimmer and have no heating option like in the west. They dont warm up water, dont pump up cold water and heat them no pump warm water cause there is none.
    Every house hold heat its water by using gas which is found outside every apartment, you turn it up and depending on how far its from the water's exit it will warm up in sec. or min. if its on the other side of the apartment from where the shower is...
    During the winter I wait between 40~80sec. to the water to get warm cause the gas thingy is at the balcony, opposite to the shower.
    All of my towels smell like crap after 1 use. I use quality detergants and a lot of them, the laundry machines here are small, and their size is counted by their weight capacity, or the engine strength in weight capacity. not in Liter like in the west which is dumb.
    I wanted to buy a laundry machine cause my old LG (9 years old) is dying.
    The LG is far bigger even though its only 4.7kg. Its bigger than most 6Kg japanese models.
    They love eco and money/power saving.. using less energy, less electricity, less time, less water. You end up with cloths that are less clean... and cause the machines are small, fellas like me with big bodies need to have several runs a day which is very NOT eco...
    Its crazy ...
    How come such and advance country with robotic toilet that can warm up you ass, blow on it air to dry it, and open shut by itself... doesnt have warm-water option for laundry?!?!?!

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  43. here the laundry machine heats the water up to 90 Celsius degrees maximum. Of course we have the option to set the temperature as high or low as we like. the laundry machine is connected to the cold water pipe.
    Why would anyone connect it to the hot water pipe in the first place? what if you need to wash with cold water because of the label on the clothes? where does that stupid person live anyways? lol

    loading the machine with hot water from the sink/shower sounds like a good idea to a point... but i can't do that. the machines here automatically load with water when you turn them on [for the desired program].
    we also dry the clothes outside or as close to the wide open window as possible. [this reminds me i have some laundry to pick up, and another load to do] lol

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  44. The apartment I live in currently (a 30 year old UR building) has a mixer tap attached to the washing machine so it's perfectly possible to do a hot wash. That said if I wanted to do a hot wash I'd still use the bath water.

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