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Wipe or Wash?
Paper or Water?

"Squat or sit?" is probably the biggest toilet question for international travelers, especially for Americans. That may be the case partly because Americans don't even know that they need to also ask this question: What do the locals use to clean themselves, and therefore what will they provide for me: Toilet paper or water?

Imagine that you are an American traveling overseas.

You check into a hotel, only to discover that you don't have a shower or tub in your room. Nor is there one down the hallway.

Quickly, you go back downstairs to the front desk.

You inquire at the front desk about where you should take a shower, and the desk clerk is horrified that you would want to do such a thing.

You are told that what you should do is rub dry paper all over your body. That is the very best way of getting clean. Spraying water on your body would be a dirty practice! Don't behave that way in our hotel!

OK, now you know how everyone else feels when they hear an American say that toilet paper is extremely clean but using water is a filthy practice.

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Today's Featured Toilet
Japan has been building and exporting advanced high-technology toilets for years. No-touch automatic flushing units are only now common in public facilities in the U.S., many years after they were standard in Japan.

Meanwhile, Japan has moved far ahead in the toilet technology race, adding user-controlled seat heat, cleaning water, drying air, fragrance, and even music to cover any undesired sounds.

Of course all these functions require control panels beside the toilet seat, as on this unit at a hotel in Tokyo.
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