Bidet toilet seats — which eject a cleansing spray toward the user’s nether regions — flew off the shelves in retail stores in Japan over the Lunar New Year holidays.
But many of the Chinese tourists who rushed to buy them will have been surprised when they got home with the bulky purchase.
A tourist from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, bought one on a group tour to Osaka during the holidays.
The instructions printed in Chinese on the box containing the seat caught his attention, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday, citing a story on Zhejiang Online.
He said the instructions with some of the seats say they were made in a factory in Xiasha, a satellite town of Hangzhou.
“We tourists became porters for things that were in fact made on our doorstep,” he said.
Meanwhile, a premium variety of Japanese short-grain rice called hitomebore, another popular purchase among Chinese tourists in Japan, turns out to be available closer to home.
A netizen in Panjin, Liaoning province, posted an online message saying the local rural affairs commission confirmed that the rice is grown by farmers in the city.
While it costs only about 6 yuan (96 US cents) per kilogram locally, some Chinese tourists in Japan reportedly paid 300 yuan per kg for it.
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