It is understandable, when the Japanese are famous for their worship of the toilet.
The correct eating rules are different from country to country, but even going to the toilet will vary from culture to culture. For example, you will be hard pressed to find a faucet if you go to the bathroom in the US and some European countries. But it’s not over yet!
- Strange Korean Hand Soap
Korean toilets, instead of using hand sanitizer in a separate container, are equipped with soap bars
Most public toilets are now equipped with hand sanitizer in a separate container. But in Korea it’s a different story. In fact, you are quite lucky if you find hand soap in public toilets in the land of kimchi. And even if you could find it, it wouldn’t be hand sanitizer, but bar soap attached to an iron rod. You will have to rub your hands in it to clean it, then wash it off with plain water.
- Emergency button at Japanese toilet
Japan is famous for its worship of the toilet. Therefore, they have something very personal and special in public WCs. For example, some public toilets in Japan will have a button, known as an “emergency button”, which many foreigners may mistake as a toilet flush button.
This button does exactly what its name suggests – for emergencies. It will send an alarm signal to security personnel to assist, in the event of an unfortunate situation such as the case of an elderly person falling. Overall, it is a pretty useful button, because Japan is a country with an aging population compared to the world.
And yet, Japanese WCs also have a sound system, called “Sound Princess”. In fact, Japanese women sometimes feel quite embarrassed if others hear what they are doing. To reduce this stress, some WCs come equipped with a Sound Princess, which emits a flushing sound to drown out sounds you consider embarrassing.
- China’s squat toilets
Toilets in many areas in China still keep the traditional squat toilet style, especially the old-fashioned train and public toilets. This is also a problem for tourists from the West because it is quite difficult to balance, especially when traveling by train.
- Non-gender toilets
In some countries around the world – including the US, Canada, Japan or Thailand – there are toilets that don’t separate by gender. They are designed to accommodate the vast majority of users – including those with special needs such as people with disabilities, the elderly, or transgender people. It is also quite useful in cases where parents need to let their children use the toilet.
- Portable toilet in Antarctica
Antarctica seems to be a very picky place to go, but there are. And there are tents set up as public toilets for all. In particular, there are extremely compact portable toilets that allow you to pack the “product” after settling into plastic bags.
- Indonesia: Only one hand is allowed to go to the toilet
There are some cultures that are very divided about hygiene and eating. Indonesia is an example. Indigenous Indonesians will feel quite insulted if you give them things with your left hand, because it is believed that the hand is used to “clean up when going to the toilet”. The right hand is the opposite, for eating and drinking and giving to others.