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September 8, 2009

I am in Atami studying about sales and the latest products our press has to offer. There are quite a few people from other Asian offices gathered here for this seminar.

The above picture shows the view from our room. Tomorrow I will post a photo of the little bath that is on our veranda!

I haven't used the little bath yet because we all went to the larger bath. In Japan there is a saying "hadaka no tsukiai" which translates into "naked association" ...
I know ... sounds weird but it means that you get to know each other better AND trust one another more after taking a bath together. It could freak you out at first but after a couple of times you can get used to it...

7 comments:

Cyndy said...

I'm not sure I could "get used" to taking baths with others. Going to the local swimming pool takes all of the courage I have!

Love the pictures! Keep them and the cultural lessons coming!

richard said...

Better in Japan these days?

Frances said...

Oh Tulsa, how I do love reading these reports of yours. Please do tell us more about these baths little and large. That custom does seem to be what I'd imagine to be very Japanese.

Best wishes. xo

Alaine said...

Only with neck-to-knees!!!

Delwyn said...

Hi Tulsa

I remember placing our tiny towels on our heads in the bath...

and looking up at the stars from the lovely baths on Lake Ashi...

Happy days

kristina said...

that naked association would indeed freak me out! :-)

julochka said...

i must admit that i'm very grateful that the one time i was in tokyo, i was not required to do any naked association with those we were doing business with. it was quite enough to see their liquid cargo simulator. :-)