Ragevx1 wrote:Oh damn! How do people use squat toilets??? It looks so... I can't find the word to describe it. But it is just plain... no comments. NO COMMENTS!!!
But atleast most home's there have modern toilets where you sit on right?
Well, it's actually easier to evacuate when you squat than when you sit. While you sit, you actually make it harder to do your business, squating makes it much easier. But since you have never tried to squat, well, you will never know.
And as for your other comment of rather taking a piss on someones lawn than do it in a toilet, let's just hope the owner to said lawn doesn't take the hose to you while you have your pants around your ankles, doing that kinda stuff in the states will getyou arrested for showing your junk in public..
As to living conditions, let's see, I lived in a house (two stories tall even) with a second floor door that opened out to nothing. It was used only in the winters, when the first floor door was snowed in..
We had a straight drop (no flush) squat toilet and heated the rooms with a portable oil heater. We even had to use a hose that connected the skink to the ofuro in order to fill up the "tub". and, when the heater element in the ofuro broke, we just used the heater above the sink to connect to a makeshift showerhead.. Central heating in the Tohoku area was only available in the more expensive houses in the areas.. Oodate was the name of this area.
And guess what, you get used to it. Of course one could complain and cry about it not being up to technology standards, but then again, it's no different than many other countries.
I also lived in plenty of houses that had flush/squat toilets and evena few with thrones (it's an adaptor that allows you to sit over a sqauter or straight drop, so the little ones don't drop throught the hole.. lol.)
As to washing up, yes, you take a bucket and dip it into the hot water, and rinse yourself, then you soap up and redip the bucket and rinse yourself off. (you do this at any, place public or private, that has an ofuro) after completely rinsing off, then you can get into to the ofuro. Otherwise, you have dirty peoople sharing a bath and to be honest, that's as disgusting as anything I can think of.
shoot, come to think of it, the straight drops are alot better than some of the military latrines I have seen and used in the past. You could smell the aroma of amonia about 3 klicks away.. (3 kilometers or about 2mles ).. we could get into what they look like, but I will let those who have yet to decide wheter or not they want to join the military, get a first hand view, before I go and ruin it for them .. lol