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Wipe yourself beforehand?

yamcha

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Last November when I visited Tokyo and Kyoto, I saw is several bathrooms that had signs in Japanese and English under them saying to clean your anus before you defecate. I thought it was just bad Japanese English but then I saw several signs as I said and some were handwritten and others were printed out and laminated. I asked a Japanese guy sitting next to me on the flight home and he said that the sign is correct but didn't say more.

So why do you have to do that in Japan? is it cultural or just some kind of new hygiene thing?
 

thomas

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I have never seen such signs before, the waterworks are usually deployed post defecationem.
 
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