Hi everyone! I celebrated my birthday last week and I left clues in one of my posts to let you guys know where in the world I was. Well, I waited and waited but none of you showed up to my birthday party.
What’s wrong? Couldn’t solve the clues? Got lost? Got mugged in Tokyo and loss your memory? Got stomped on by Godzilla?
Well anyway, you didn’t show up and it was your loss cause I chose to celebrate my birthday in my birthday suit! Yes…..au naturel. Bet you are kicking yourself for not getting on that early flight to Japan.
After decades of thinking about it, I finally got a chance to go to a ryokan and go into an outdoor onsen. And I took the plunge! I embraced the whole experience which involves letting it all hang out in a public bath.
For the uninitiated, let me walk you through the process.
Step 1: Get Naked. – all you take with you is a tiny towel that is barely big enough to cover your privates. Now it seems that the native Japanese tend to strut around with the tiny towel folded neatly on top of their heads. Those less accustomed to public nudity may rather uncomfortably use it to shield the nether regions from prying eyes but it really doesn’t help much. I tend to subscribe to the strategy of using the towel to cover the face so that no one knows who you are.
Step 2: Soap and wash. – There are washing stations lined up along the side of a wall where you are expected to sit on tiny stools and wash and clean yourself thoroughly. NOTE:- You Have to be CLEAN before entering the hot spring pool. Soaping yourself in the hot pool is a major faux pas; nay – a major diplomatic incident; nay reason for going to war.
Step 3: Enter the hot spring fed pool and soak while enjoying the cold outdoors. The waters heal all kinds of physical and mental ailments and tiredness.
So here we go …….
Well, that’s pretty much the end of this post. If you were expecting some nudity, shame on you! Please remember this is a family oriented blog.
Now, do you really want to see the squirrel disrobed? I mean, do you really? Are you sure? Your final warning. It’s not too late to turn back. Last chance to save your eyes.
If you really want to see then follow this link…… I WANT TO SEE!
P.S. when asked about wearing his birthday suit for the occasion, LGS merely told the paparazzi that “it needed ironing”.