Guide to Japanese Washing Machines!

If you’ve ever washed your clothes in Japan, you might have faced the troubles of not knowing which buttons to press. With the various courses and settings, pressing buttons randomly might result in ruined shirts and pants. You wouldn’t want to ruin the new shirt you just bought by having the washing machine intensively rinsing your shirt. We have combined the basic functions of Japan washing machines that you will need the next time you wash your clothes!


  1. コース                                         (ko-su)                           Course
  2. おまかせ                                     (omakase)                     Automatic course
  3. 念入すすぎ                                 (neniri susugi)              Intensive rinse
  4. ナイト                                         (naito)                             Night (less noise)
  5. 毛布                                             (moufu)                          Blanket
  6. おうちクリーニング                 (ouchi kuri-ningu)         Home laundry (gentle)
  7. 水量                                             (suiryou)                         Water level
  8. 洗い                                             (arai)                               Wash
  9. すすぎ                                         (susugi)                          Rinse cycle
  10. 脱水                                             (dassui)                          Spin time
  11. お湯取                                         (oyutori)                         Use hot water
  12. 電源                                             (dengen)                        Power
  13. スタート                                     (suta-to)                        Start

Now that you know the basic of washing machines,  I believe that your clothes will surely be nice and clean. If you need to know how to deal with molds, check this out!

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Guide to Your Japanese Rice Cookers
Guide to Your Japanese Toilets
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