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How To Use A Traditional Japanese Toilet
Before WWII, most toilets in Japan were squat toilets. These days, they are relatively rare — representing about 10% of the toilets in the country.
Squat toilets are mostly found in old buildings such as some ryokan, temples and shines. However, they can be found virtually anywhere — including modern buildings and trains.
You will mostly find places with both available.
Using a squat toilet can be a new experience for most westerners. The unfamiliar shape, style and method of use are largely unknown to those who live outside areas where these toilets are the preferred style. Before you encounter a squat toilet it can help to learn exactly how to properly use it, allowing you to avoid any issues or problems.
Try to squat closest to the hood of the squat toilet to make sure you are in the proper position.Try pouring some water on the surface of the toilet before you use it to make clean up easier.