I finally got to the bottom of why most Japanese washing machines aren’t directly connected to a hot water supply, but the response that my Sensei gave me hardly filled me with glee. Allegedly one is supposed to buy a pump, and then syphon off the used (hot) bath water directly into the washing machine. Even given the fact that you are expected to have a shower and a thorough scrub before you get into a Japanese bath, but at the end of the day you’re still ‘washing’ your clothes in filth. My Sensei assured me that it was a perfectly acceptable practice, as the syphoning was stopped during the rinse, but I remained far from convinced by the whole practice, which seems like a bizarre environmentally friendly reverse adaptation of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
Any environmental credit that may have been gained from washing ones clothes in dirty bath water is swiftly nullified by the amount of waste that is produced from junk mail; every time I open my postbox I am in danger of an injury from the swelling paper tide of bunkum advertising and useless information. I reckon that it’s all part of an elaborate ploy, whereby the old flyers are pulped and made into even more annoying variants on their previous incantations. At any rate I have resolved to throw a spanner or two in the works, and now just throw everything in ‘burnable rubbish’, that’ll bloody teach them; whoever they are.