Wednesday, July 4, 2007


In the US what goes on behind the closed door of a bathroom is very private and even embarrassing. We have special names for that room that don't give any clue about what one does inside of it, like "restroom" or "ladies room". Even the most commonly used name, "bathroom", carefully avoids any mention of the toilet. It can be hard for a visitor to get used to asking where the "toilet" is because then you're letting people know what you're going to do when you go there! Even harder is getting used to the way the facilities in the men's bathroom can be seen from outside the door. I find it very awkward to be walking by a bathroom and happen to see a man standing in front of the urinal relieving himself.

Submitted to Wasai Taiwan by: Peggie Scott (Hsinchu)

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