As a "westerner" and arriving in Japan for the first time 3 years ago, my first surprise experience with Japanese toilets was standing at a urinal and seeing an older woman cleaning the urinals to my right. She stopped when she was done with the one next to me and waited until I was done and then started cleaning the one I had just used. The cleanliness is very important and modesty is something that is not. Not having paper towels to dry my hands is something else that you become aware of and just prepare by bringing your own towel. Prior to arriving in Japan for the Olympics, I believe all athletes should be advised of some of the Japanese normal regarding toilets. I will be leaving Japan in one year and will truely miss this great and friendly country and all of it's people.
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