Japanese squat toilet is better for you

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Moving to Japan?  Be prepared for your first experience of the Japanese squat toilet 和式.   Squat toilets are supposed better for you too according to this article. A squat toilet essentially looks like a miniature urinal set horizontally into the floor.  Most squat toilets in Japan are made of porcelain, although in some cases (as on trains) stainless steel is used instead. The user squats over the toilet, facing the hemispherical hood.

When visiting someone’s home, you may see in front of the toilet door special toilet slippers トイレスリッパ, that should be used when in the toilet and removed right after leaving the toilet.

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Here’s the full instructions from Sense Of Japan #05 How to use the Japanese squat toilet as seen on NHK World.

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4 Responses to “Japanese squat toilet is better for you”

  1. Mellon Says:

    We also have a lot of these in Indonesia with no automatic flush, but we have to flush it down with buckets of water LOL

  2. Japan Australia Says:

    Thanks for the handy tips. These toilets are meant to be better for you and are not too difficult to use!!

    Japan Australia

  3. lawijaya Says:

    To squat or not to squat, that is the question

  4. alma Says:

    Why is it all these programs feature some dorky gaijin dude and some hot Japanese gal teaching English.

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