Hello from....a Japanese bath house.

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Donning a Japanese kimono, @sue and I ventured to a Japanese 'onsen' yesterday (bath house). 

To my surprise and initial discomfort, one had to be naked to bathe. Like, fully naked. 

Yea.

I thought of bailing but rolled with it and even managed to make small talk while enjoying several of the very hot, but not quite unbearable bathtubs. The experience of being nude in a communal arena so rich with tradition and overcoming shyness about public nudity felt both liberating and empowering. 

The bathhouse reminded me of a story my father shared about the joy he experienced as a kid/teenager whenever his mother or father took him to a bath house in Iran. During those years most did not have baths at home, so as you can imagine, visiting a 'hamam' (bath house) every few weeks was a luxury that was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated.

Upon our return, Sue and I will post a travel blog about our stay in Japan. Lots of good stories and pics to share!

Until then, sayōnara!



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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) Pinned comment
Nice pics. Looking chillaxed and muy Japonés.
Don't forget to bring back some quality Haiku, please.
Have you ever thought about playing in a Steven Seagal movie?!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) Pinned comment
Thank you Chamosh-san. For you my friend. And let me tell you, this scene did not end well for Steven-san.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
How else could it have end Saïd-san ? He's an old has-been fat f..k; you're our up and coming digital hero!
It's getting hilarious with his movie, the fatter he gets, longer the barrel of guns he uses. It's like Trump's tie, it just get longer, while...

Your public bath encounter reminded me of a sort of comic shower scene we had almost forty years ago, during a students convention (held in a high school), and us young lads joking, ridiculing, and intimidating the heck out of adults. So much fun, priceless.

Whatever else you do and whoever else you overwhelm with those Aminian Aikido grips (just invented a new Aikido style!!) please don't forget some choice, quality Haiku.


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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) Pinned comment
Haiku it is! Kanpai!
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
¡Sabroso, sabor!
Meant to add: and be as liberal as you wish with all those fine Sakes.
You're still young, can handle the hangover.
And just in case you can't, the best remedy would be a little Kanpai.
Charles Bukowski would be proud of you!!!


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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) Pinned comment
Here's what's going down. Right. Now. #blessed

Old habits.
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