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first you must reach down into the "hole" to find the plug, and pull it out (sometimes it is quite far down, so you have to reach way in). Once you have pulled the plug, you sit down over the hole, with your legs stretched straight out in front of you. You do your business, flush the toilet, and reach into the hole to replace the plug (the plug is to keep the rats and snakes from crawling up through the pipes).
The best I can figure out is that you face towards the toilet, squat (trying your best to keep your balance, sometimes holding on to anything within your reach), do the dirty as quickly and efficiently as possible, and stand up ASAP in order to avoid noxious fumes. Haven't tried reaching down the hole as mentioned above, however have not been bitten by any infectious varmits as of yet.
The big challenge with Japanese toilets is that there is a degree of skill involved in using them. Aim is a factor that we rarely consider when using a western toilet, but it is key to the succesful @!#$ in Japan.
When I first used one, I didn't know this and ended up leaving half a log on the side of the toilet, which didn't go down the drain when I flushed. Normally in that situation I would have just walked away and pretended someone else did it, but I was the only male worker in the office, so they would've known it was me. So I found myself, less than a week into my stay in Japan, cleaning my own @!#$ off the side of a toilet with nothing to use but a huge ball of toilet paper. This experience, while disgusting and humiliating, also gave birth to a powerful motivation inside me to master the art of pooing in a hole in the floor.
Now, having been here for a couple of years, I consider myself to be somewhat of a master bombardier. I can drop a clean, well-rounded coil on a dime from a standing position if I have to. Err....not that I've ever had to. Its a mark of pride for me to be able to @!#$ in a hole in the ground, and I scoff at all the weak willed asses out there who insist on using western facilities just because you won't get ____ on your pantlegs when using them.
ok, I tell you how to poo in Japanese toilet. You must lower your ass to the hole down there. Don't sit on. You better drop poo in there like bomb away. You've got whole picture! I've done it millions of times, but I still don't like it. Stinks. Hey, If you use Japanese toilet eveyday, you get hemorrhoids someday. I've got one. It really hurts. Watch out!
i just pretend i am riding a horse except i don't touch the porcelin with my butt. if you need to hold on to the pipes at the front of the 'toilet' be pre-warned that the condensation build up on the pipes will dampen your hands...something you don't need damp while squatting over a poop hole...even though the water is probably clean...it doesn't feel too clean. If you don't touch the pipes and prefer to balance your hands on the floor...first think of all the people that could have missed the bowl or tracked it around with their shoes. best advice if you have weak knees and you plan to spend more than 2 minutes over the hole...run like the wind to the nearest hotel or chain restaurant and jump on an American Style. If you are lucky it will come equipped with the seat that sprays your butt and plays beautiful music.
Just load up your pockets with tissues before hand or that fresh feeling you had when you woke up this fine Japanese morning will be long gone.
Hey the rules say no poo mouth. Ha! I just read the first post and I:ve never had to pull a plug out of the toilet. It:s true what they say about toilet paper. Here in Okayama, companies hand out Kleenex packets on the street with advertising on them, so those are always handy to keep on you at all times. Do the doo!