Q Why do many men urinate in the open in Japan?

A Long ago, there were no lavatories at the Palace of Versailles so people did it in the garden or behind objects like doors. The concept of elimination of bodily wastes was rather liberal throughout the world.

In Japan also, it is said that up to the Edo period (1600- 1868) in Kyoto, buckets were placed along both sides of the road for the convenience of passersby who would nonchalantly use them when the urge came.

The buckets were also used by women. This scene was hailed as Kyoto 's special feature by people from Tokyo. In present day Japan however, public lavatories are available everywhere. There is also a law banning urinating in the streets, so there is probably no one who would do it in the open. Of course, there are those who drink too much beer and result to doing it behind telephone and electric light poles or in alleys. If a stance may be taken on their side, it is indeed unfortunate that the streets and town area in Japan are so narrow and confining.

When the urge to go strikes, especially in a cramped area in a busy section of town where clubs, bars, and eating places serving food and drinks all stand in a row, and there is no place where one could possibly be inconspicuous, and one has to go-wouldn't even people from other countries do it?