06 August 2009 ~ 4 Comments

Toilet Paper Folding (It's the little things… #4)

When I was in the Army I learned how to make a bed utilizing hospital corners.

The idea was of course uniformity. My drill sergeant used to test it’s tightness by dropping a quarter on your bed. If it bounced he moved to the next bed without comment. If it didn’t he’d give you a look that would make Mike Tyson shiver to indicate you had better get on your face (the push-up position) and push-up til he gets tired. Needless to say, I was built like a freight train by the time I finished basic training, but, boy, could I make a bed.

I’m not sure why the practice of folding toilet paper reminds me of those days. Maybe it has something to do with uniformity or cleanliness. In many hotels around the world, toilet tissue folding is done. It’s a way to assure the user that the bathroom had been recently attended to. Only, here in Japan, you can find your toilet paper folded in a McDonald’s, an AM/PM or even a subway station. Of course, the hotels do it up a little fancier. Some even do some elaborate origami designs. But, most everywhere in Yokohama, you can find the basic triangle. The picture below is from the restroom at a popular family restaurant chain here in Japan, Jonathan’s.

toilet tissueWhen I see this triangle I feel that, at least, the staff has been in there since the previous occupant and it has probably been tidied up a bit. It’s  just a little thing but this kind of reassurance makes an otherwise uncomfortable situation a little more relaxing.

Here’s a video on how to do it…(-:


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4 Responses to “Toilet Paper Folding (It's the little things… #4)”

  1. Kara 7 August 2009 at 4:20 pm Permalink

    Okay, this is insanely cool. My kids will still use too much paper and block the toilet, but at least it will look more attractive when I come rushing in with the plunger!

  2. Locohama 7 August 2009 at 10:51 pm Permalink

    Hehehe….thanks Kara for the shout and the laugh

    • headingforjapan 13 August 2009 at 6:02 am Permalink

      Haha, in Japan I heard the women will clean bathrooms while guys are still in it, my sensei makes fun of the Japanese lack of boundary issues…

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