By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

Most Japanese homes today have the latest washlet high-tech toilets, or at the very least the standard American toilet with a heated seat.

When I first came to Japan in 1980, most buildings and homes were equipped with the Japanese style toilet featured in the photo.

They’re squat toilets and are used facing the wall plumbing. In today’s Japan, you can still find them here and there in the older buildings, but they’re fast becoming a rarity.

Using them improperly can lead to painful results as I wrote about in my blog about an English teacher who had directional differences.