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).
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.