If you were using the toilet and someone knocked on the door what would be the common response to indicate it was occupied?

I noticed some Japanese people knock back, but it is not always possible, so how do you answer verbally?

  • I see possibilities for ふさがっている or 空いていない, but dictionaries do not give usage examples in this particular context.
    – macraf
    Sep 25, 2015 at 16:06

3 Answers 3


I think the most common phrase is...



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    And press the nose while speaking to obscure our identity. Sep 26, 2015 at 1:59
  • I agree simple is best, but how would the 空いていない sound to the Japanese ears? Strange?
    – macraf
    Sep 26, 2015 at 20:01
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    @macraf It would probably be understood, but yeah a bit strange... (トイレの個室の外側にいる人が、トイレの個室に入ろうとしている人に、「(そこ、)空いてますよ。」/「空いてませんよ。」と言うことはあると思います。)
    – chocolate
    Sep 27, 2015 at 3:51
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    How about answering 「使用中です」? Would it sound strange?
    – macraf
    Oct 1, 2015 at 11:19
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    @macraf あ、それなら、おかしくないと思います。 (^_^)
    – chocolate
    Oct 1, 2015 at 12:28

Just make sound of water by using flush or pour it in a bucket. Or just knock on bucket or something like tht if you're door is far.. the person will understand that someone is inside..


It works for all languages , not only Japanese..

Minus voters? Only minus vote it if you haven't done it in your whole life time...

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    If you flush, someone outside expects you are done...
    – Hideki
    Sep 25, 2015 at 17:28
  • But they know atlast tht some one is there..
    – Kesh
    Sep 25, 2015 at 17:29
  • +1: It is a good way to hide our identity especially for women but it does not answer the question. Sep 26, 2015 at 1:54

Just do louder cough voice..this voice is helpful of your existence.I see most of the people doing that voice..Hope this answer can solve your problem

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