Asian toilets are similar to Western toilets, but you can’t sit on them. Yes, the main difference is they are set in the ground, not above ground. You do not sit on the toilet. That means, of course, you squat over them to eliminate, while balancing, the entire time.
Most larger populated Asian cities have western toilets, but there will be the rare occasion when you’ll have no other choice but to use a Japanese toilet, or squat toilet. It’s best to practice beforehand, as you don’t want to be left in the predicament of wondering whether or not you’ll be able to balance yourself without falling into the urine filled toilet itself.
This is the original squatty potty.
5 Steps To Using An Asian Squat Toilet
- Position your feet just wider than shoulder length apart, parallel to each other with the hole in the ground directly beneath you. Make sure you are facing the rim.
- As if you are doing squats, lower your gluteus maximus to the ground. Yes, you got it, this is just like exercising!
- Keep going until your rear is just hovering above the ground. How low can you go? This will make all the difference.
- Balance in this position for as long as your normal bodily functions require, while not having your equilibrium thrown off by the gaping hole between your feet.
- Return to standing position, clean up, and pat yourself on the back – but wash your hands first.
Congratulations! You just used an Asian Squat Toilet. Check out other things you need to know about visiting Japan!