Out front of a combination photography shop and Chinese traditional medicine dispensary, fresh medical ingredients have been cut up and set out to dry in the afternoon sun, filling the entryway with herbal fragrances. As Chinese medicine focuses more upon prevention of illness (rather than the treatment of illness), the olfactory and visual presence of these drying ingredients in this high foot traffic area may serve as effective (if unintentional) advertising for the clinic; the thoughts of passersby may be drawn towards the last time they imbibed Chinese medicine, or may cause them to reflect upon their health (or the health of their loved ones).
Three different countries, three different approaches, same problem.
Pull the wires threaded through the plastic fitting to flush. Does the thought of grabbing what are most often used as electrical wires attached to something filled with water tickle your danger instincts?
Also, what signals does the filled bucket of water nearby indicate? Is it that the "hand-washer" (or as my friend affectionately refers to them, the "bum-blaster") is also not conventionally functional, or that, once having flushed, it is expected that you fill up the tank for the next user to save them the momentary panic of thinking the toilet is not working?
How does the gap in knowledge between experiencing a non-(conventionally)-flushing toilet and knowing the necessary steps to get it working vary between different contexts? How involved is one mentally prepared to become in their ablution experience? If there were a way of obtaining this knowledge further in advance, what (whose) behavior would it change, and how? When/for whom/how is it appropriate to call for "expert assistance" when faced with such an unexpected difficulty?