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toilet talk

As you can imagine, I often receive emails asking me about Japanese toiletry concerns - from people who are into that kind of thing.

In response, I spent some time researching nearby public toilets with my camera - although I'm really not into that kind of thing.

Three photos and one police interrogation later, I managed to get a very small collection of pics together for the delectation of those who are into that kind of thing....

Signs for toilets, for example, can come in a number of designs. This one is standard, the kind you'd expect to see almost anywhere in the world...

Simple, clear, efficient.

This one is far from standard, but rather entertaining, possibly causing you to piss yourself laughing. Literally, if you're not careful.

Simple, clear, efficient, amusing.

I can't be sure what this one's all about though.....

Whereas the message on this sign, seen on a hut on a country road, is all too clear...

Do NOT splash it about around here.

Here's a gem, found in an old block of flats built at a time when sit-down toilets were still something of a novelty in the country. It's a notice on the toilet-roll holder explaining to newbies how to use a sit-down toilet.

The carefully drawn diagram on the left explains that men should lift the toilet lid when peeing, or there might be a right old mess, whereas the diagram on the right says that for ladies' number ones and everyone's number twos, it's really a good idea to sit down (on the seat and not the part underneath that the guys have urinated onto).

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On Monday, 23 November, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

How'd the interrogation go?  

On Monday, 23 November, 2009, Blogger the englishman said:

Once they were happy it was my bicycle, they let me go.  

On Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, Anonymous Invader_Stu said:

Makes me wonder what ladies did before the diagram showed them how to sit down  

On Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, Blogger achikochi said:

I thought that you might like as well. It was taken at the war Museum in Okinawa.


On Sunday, 29 November, 2009, Blogger Walnut said:

the third one reminds me of something I saw around Umeda when I last visited:

On Monday, 21 December, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe not so obvious but the first woman design could actually be a man standing in front of one of those off the floor urinals. Which could lead a person fresh of the jet with that way of seeing things to believe that woman in Japan are like cats and don't actually need toilets. Leading them to also believe they
don't bathe either but lick themselves clean every morning and night and discouraging any thoughts of French kissing one of them! Straight back onto the plane!  

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