Published: February 16th 2007February 16th 2007
Plenty of naked women are on the other side of that bamboo fence.
The contents of this entry contain incriminating photographs of me performing acts that would likely get me arrested, possibly even deported. But it was a sacrifice I was willing to make. The things I do for you guys.
I woke up early today to accompany Denise to the sleepy mountain town of Hikimi, about 40km south of Masuda. Denise was busy teaching english classes at the Junior High school, so I took it upon myself to mosey over to the local onsen
to have a nice, hot bath and shave. I also thought it would be a good idea to bring along my camera.
Japan is blessed with an abundance of natural hot springs throughout the country, and as many of you know, they partake in nude communal bathing. It's something we've become quite accustomed to and it's actually one of our favourite things about Japan. My first onsen experience was shortly after my arrival in Japan, and being openly naked with a bunch of men seemed a tad uncomfortable - it's nothing like showering at the gym.
I knew the basics, but didn't want to commit a huge gaffe, so I watched others bathe via my individual
Complete with jets to massage sore body parts after a hard days work in the rice paddy. That little bath on the right is very cold water, perfect for a post-steamroom dip.
mirror to make sure I was doing it right. The rules of etiquette
are pretty simple, with the two most important points being: don't get any
soap into the communal baths, and don't dip your wash towel into the baths. Through experience I have assembled my own list of tips for those that wish to visit an onsen on their next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. Camille's DOs & DON'Ts: DO
: Wash and rinse thoroughly before entering the communal bathing areas DON'T
: Wash and rinse your friend(s) DO
: Carry around a modesty towel to cover your goods DON'T
: Snap your buddy in the ass with a wet towel DO
: Sit back, relax, and soak in the nice hot water DON'T
: Pee DO
: Make conversation with friends about politics, the weather, or baseball scores while sitting in the steamroom DON'T
Hey Tanaka-san...nice penis!
Obviously, taking pictures is a big no-no as well, but since when do I listen. I apologize if the pictures aren't of the highest quality as I had to incorporate a little bit of stealth to take them without getting busted. I'm already singled out as being a foreigner, adding 'pervert' to the list wouldn't help
The outdoors are landscaped to provide an aesthetically pleasing bathing environment.
While quietly sitting in the corner, I kept tabs on the other bathers. Once it cleared out a little, I went back to the change room to grab the camera and hid it in my towel. I snapped a couple of shots while the remaining two guys were in the steamroom. Thinking I wasn't going to get another opportunity, I decided to head for the change room. Thankfully, the first guy came and went while I was getting ready, followed soon after by the second guy. So I pretended that I dropped an item in the bath, and quickly ducked in to take a couple more photos before 'finding' my chapstick that I had previously hidden in my towel.
After killing more time brushing my teeth and chatting with guy #2, he finally left. So I very quickly stripped down and snuck in for a few more shots. It's quite invigorating, taking pictures in restricted areas, knowing that a naked man could enter your frame at any second, and I'd be at a complete loss for words to explain why I'm standing on a ledge holding a camera.
A little off topic, but still on the
Standing on a window ledge overlooking the two big indoor baths and the washing area.
related subject: What's the correct plural of penis? Is it 'penises', or 'penii'? I personally prefer the latter. Ummm...let me rephrase that. I don't prefer penii
per se, rather, just the word itself.
*sigh* Nevermind... Camille & Denise
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