Toilet Training in Okinawa

Trip Start Jun 17, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2012

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Flag of Japan  , Okinawa,
Friday, February 17, 2012

We didn't have an international driver’s license so we were relegated to public transportation and our feet. Travis seemed to be on his skateboard more than not.  We happened on a park one day and Travis met an Okinawan boy that spoke pretty good English!  We found the locals to be very friendly.

We have been very fortunate to stay in Air Force Lodging. At $41 per night we have a two room suite with kitchen facilities. The laundry is free as well. The base exchange is very close as well as the Officer’s Club.

"Toire wa doko desu ka?"  of course means, Where is the toilet?  At the end of a long day on our feet we decided to stop at a traditional restaurant where you remove your shoes and sit on the rice mats.  Kathryn needed to use the restroom so we asked the waitress.  She pointed to a curtain in the corner of the room.  She went over there and came back with a horrified look on her face.  “I am not going in there.”  We figured it was the straddle trench and asked her why not.  “It’s just a bucket.”  Travis went over to look and decided to do his business.  He came back with a smile.  No problem.  Susan asked if he went and if it really was a bucket.  He replied yes.  So I went over to check it out.  I pulled the curtain back to find a very small closet, maybe 2’ x 3’.  Sure enough there was a bucket there.  I asked the waitress again where the bathroom was.  She came over and pulled the curtain from the other direction whereupon you could see the door to the bathroom.

At the other end of the toilet spectrum, we stepped into a Mc Donalds "Macu Donaldu Do"   to sample the Japanese version. There was the usual Saveur Faire and a few burgers of a different name.  Of course we had to use the facilities and were surprised to find a toilet with a pallet of electronic controls!  Check out the photos to see if you can tell what the buttons are for. 

We are trying for a flight this morning to Iwakuni Japan. This Marine Corps Air Station is near Hiroshima so we will spend a couple days exploring the area.  We hope to head to the southern tip of Kyushu to see Robert’s friend from 27 years ago.  Then back up to see other friends in Honshu and perhaps a trip to snowy Hokkaido.

Dewa Mata Ne?
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