Monday, September 8, 2008
Is this really socially acceptable?
Today I encountered something that happens from time to time here in Japan and which I'm not completely sure on how to deal with. To be honest, I'm not sure on whether this is a Japan country specific issue or something that also occurs frequently in Western nations. But now I'm getting ahead of myself.
During a mind-numbingly boring meeting I felt the need to relieve myself and went on my merry way to the bathroom we share together with another company on my floor. I get to the urinal and start to relieve myself, as relaxed as a man can be in this situation and another salaryman from the neighboring company comes into the bathroom and places himself at one of the other urinals in the bathroom, he shakes his head a bit, unzips (so far I have no problems with his actions), then he lets a big one rip while peeing, like it's the most natural thing to do.
I'm torn by this and not sure on the correct toilet manners. Is this an acceptable thing to do? Are you cleared to fart to your hearts content as long as you're in a bathroom, even if you're peeing and just am unzipped?
I wouldn't say that this makes me extremely uncomfortable, but still, in my eyes it would be more suitable to go into one of the booths, lock the door and then let it rip. This doesn't happen often enough to me to the degree that it is a big issue, but it happens from time to time. Personally I wouldn't do this but I am unsure whether I can condemn this behaviour or not...