Coming from the UK, I find bodily functions an endless source of amusement. In fact, many a British comedian has based his/her career around good old-fashioned toilet humour. And as far as I’m concerned, long may they continue to do so.
For the Japanese however, our daily functions are just that. Simply natural and necessary actions. And definitely not something deemed worthy of laughter.
Now whilst many would commend such an adult approach, it can lead to a certain directness. And at times an unnecessary attention to detail. As an example, take a look at this sign spotted in a park near my home. I’m sure the message in regards to dogs and their business would be just as clear without the added steam.
It did make me laugh though.