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Japanese latrine

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The floor of the privy has simply a rectangular opening as shown. the receptacle below consists of a large earthen jar or the helf of an oil barrel. This is sunk in the ground and emptied every few days from the outside by means of a long handled bucket. The men who are engaged in this work have regular routes and pay for the privilege. It seems incredible that a large city like Tokio, with its million of inhabitants, has this service performed in the most thorough manner. Indeed, so valuable is this substance that in Hiroshima. I was informed, in the renting of poorer houses, if three people occupied a room together the value of this product paid for the rent of one, and if five occupied the room no rent was charged.

Author
Latrines of the East
By Edward S Morse
Published in 1893
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