My first Japanese laundry: follow-up

Everything went well! I now know how to use a Japanese coin laundry!


Some tips:

  • To use a washing machine: put your laundry and some washing powder in the washing machine, close the lid, insert two 100 yen coins. (Washing cycle takes about 30 minutes.)
  • To use a dryer: put your clothes in the dryer, close the door, insert one 100 yen coin for every 10 minutes of drying.

That’s it. Not exactly rocket science. But I want to believe that seeing this would confuse anyone unfamiliar with this process:


So cheers to Mr B205 who taught me how to operate these machines! Doing laundry is now my favorite household chore 🙂

Oh, and there was a minor quake around noon today. I won’t ever get used to them.


Uh-oh. Or: my first Japanese laundry. 

I have no idea what I’m doing. Completely. My agent gave me this nice how-to note:

… but my washing machine has none of these buttons!

Where is the ON/OFF button?!

So I just put everything inside with the detergent, inserted two 100 yen coins and now I’m waiting after the machine auto-started. Hopefully at least some of my whites will survive this.

What’s more, I’m not even sure that what I bought yesterday is a laundry detergent… It has some weird instructions that I don’t get.

I won’t even try using dryers! They look so intimidating!

Basically, using laundromat is the scariest experience I’ve had since coming to Japan (and that’s including one meeting with an enormous cockroach, one typhoon, and several earthquakes)!

OMG, someone has come and is now using a washing machine next to me. I’m watching! I probably look like that:

Hataraku Maou-sama!

Update: I have a very nice neighbor who has just taught me how to use these washing machines AND dryers! Now I know I’ll survive!