Winter is the perfect time to indulge in the Japanese pastime of onsen. Are you getting ready to take a trip to an Onsen Hot Spring in Japan?
Onsen is considered a communal affair and people often go with friends, families and even collegues. Did you know Japanese men and women bathed together in onsen in the past? But this ended with the introduction of western values during the Meiji era.
Like many aspects of Japanese culture there are strict forms of etiquette to consider when visitiing an onsen, and if you wish to impress your hosts it is best if you follow the rules. Here is an interesting article provided by Japan Info Swap which summarizes a few tips on how to be prepared before your first Onsen adventure.
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