2/3/10: Tokyo, Japan
…Ok – wow – a lot of naked people here. One, two, three, four – alright, too much counting. Am I staring too much? I hope they don’t see me staring, I’m sure that has to be really rude. But I’m not really staring, I’m just looking around and then sometimes my eyes just happen to fall on a naked person. I can’t help it, they’re everywhere! But I still shouldn’t stare. But I can’t help it, they’re everywhere! Well, maybe I should just keep my eyes closed – yeah, there’s a good idea! I’ll just get into a tub and relax and close my eyes. Let’s see, which tub should I get into – 17.6 degrees – what is that – 17.6 degrees divided by five is… um… three point something – oh there’s no time for this, I’ll just feel it with my foot – GEEZ THAT’S COLD! Ok, definitely not this one. Oooh, bubbles in the bath over there! That one looks much better… Ahhhhh, now this is the life – sitting in a jacuzzi with jets right at my feet and lower back. Oh no… the bubbles are gone… where did they go? Guess I’ll get out and try another bath – wait a second, where’s my towel? Oh, there it is. Why has everyone folded up their towels and put them on their heads? Maybe I should do that too! Hmmm, this doesn’t seem to be working, maybe my head is too round. Or maybe I don’t have the right folding technique. I think I’ll just carry the towel instead. I wonder if it’s too cold to go use the baths outside? Let’s see… Wow, it’s actually not that cold outside – OH MY GOD there’s steam coming off of my toes! I’m ON FIRE! … Oh look! They’ve got a TV by this bath! Cool! Oooooh, nice and hot too. I wonder what’s going on in the show… Ok – so I think she just professed her love to this guy while he was eating lunch with a bunch of his colleagues and now it’s really awkward because he has to reject her in front of all of his friends – and now – oh no, and now she’s crying! This is too sad, maybe I should go try the sauna. Yeah, that’s a good idea! Ok, I think that’s it over there through the door – better wait for someone to go in to make sure – oh, there’s someone headed over there now – come on, go in the door, go in the door – yes, she’s in! Ok, out of the bath – here we go – geez, that door’s hot! Hm – what is that big pot of white stuff over there? Oh, I see – you’re supposed to take a handful and rub it on your skin to exfoliate – cool! I better go get some too, who knows if I’ll ever get a chance ever again on the road to exfoliate. Hmmm – I think I may have gotten too much. Oh, yep, that other girl only has a little handful. Oh well! I’ll just do a really thorough exfoliating job. What is this stuff anyway? It looks like salt. I bet it is salt. Maybe I should taste it, that way I’ll know for sure. But maybe I better not taste it, what if it’s not salt and it tastes really gross? Or what if it’s poisonous? Pull yourself together Zhou, they’re not going to have poisonous substances at a Japanese bath! The worst that can happen is that it tastes bad. Ok, just a tiny lick on the finger, I’m sure that can’t hurt me. No one’s watching, right? I don’t want anyone to think I’m crazy. Ok, no one’s watching – yep, it’s salt! Man, it is getting really really hot in here. I wonder what time it is. Is there a clock? Oh, there it is – and it says 60. Wait a second. 60? That’s not a clock – it’s 60 DEGREES? That’s practically boiling! Geez, I better get out of here before I melt. Whew, that was a close one. Ooooh, now would be a good time to try the cold pool. Ok, you can do it, you can do it. Just start by putting one foot in. GEEZ THAT’S COLD! Ok, don’t be a wimp, just go in slow, ease yourself in – HOLY CRAP IT’S FREEZING! Just go slowly – that’s it – alright, come on, one more step, you can do it… Oh wait, the bubbles are back! See ya!
Picture of the Day: Me and my hero Hachiko.