Hi, you’re on the air for…

O3: Tripping over a Yakuza

That’s Onsen 3, if you haven’t been paying attention…

With Cboy918, Kizyr, Vlade, Msbliss, Petey, BluJazz, the Vixen, Nefarious, Omega-man, Mr. Mephisto, a Ninja, Mystic Creator, and my long lost brother.

O-man: Okay, this is the final broadcast of O3. Thanks for your patience… that is if you’re still listening… Cboy918 from Maryland, you’re on the air…

Cboy918: Hold up a second. Are you leaving xanga again? “Interlude before the final broadcast”? C’mon now, whats the reason this time?

O-man: Hahahaha, I meant the broadcasts about onsen. This thing got so long that I broke it up into three parts, this being the final part of the trilogy. First there was T3, then Matrix Revolution, followed by Return of the King. Now this… You think I’ might get nominated for a Marconi? hehehehhehe. Anyway, I’m flattered that you care, but not to worry. I’ll be here for the time being… Kizyr, you’re on the air.

kizyr: Before I was pretty embarassed to take a public bath–last time I was in Japan I didn’t once, actually. But this time, I’ve gone to a public お風呂 (ofuro – specifically a bath) plenty of times and an 温泉 (onsen – hot springs) a few times as well.

O-man: Hey thanks for the translation. at least some of you realize that not everyone here know Japanese…

kizyr: The first time it wasn’t so awkward, because in our ryokan (inn) I was the only one who wanted to get up at 6AM to watch the sun rise while sitting in the ofuro (which I still highly recommend). Once, one other guest of the inn came in, but it didn’t bother me like I thought it might. After that, onsen, ofuro, whatever was no problem anymore. After you get over your initial reservations and realise that nobody is looking at you, it’s all good.

O-man: Dude, there’s a reason why no one was in the onsen at 6AM. First and foremost, an onsen is a plce for R & R: rest and relaxation. And in Japan, as you should know, that usually involves imbibing huge quantities of beer. So while going into a hot spring will relieve some of the pains of a hangover, few will wake up at the crack of dawn for that particular remedy. I know. Been there, done that… Next, Ham… uh, I mean, gokingsgo, from Sant.. uh, Los Angeles… Whew… you’re on the air.

gokingsgo: hmmm… something to do when i go on my japan trip.

O-man: That’s right dude. And have a safe trip… msbLiSs from Djibouti? Where the heck is that? Aint’ you from Cali?

msbLiSs: onsen, that sounds lovely. I only get to watch it in anime form. *sigh*

O-man: Hahahah, it IS lovely. You gotta go. None of this anime crap. Virtual is fun, but it will never beat the real thing… Anyway, Link_Strife, you’re on the air…

Link_Strife: that, i feel i must say, was…….now, how should I say what I must say…….quite interesting. yes indeed. lol.

O-man: I am in awe of your choice of diction. *click* ddsb2000 from Florida

ddsb2000: Jeez onsen sound a little weird. I’ve been looking forward to going to japan as long as i have been studying japanese but onsen don’t seem like something i’d be interested in.

O-man: Why? As strange as it may sound, it is part of the cultural landscape of Japan. You’ve heard of the Japan communal mentalitiy, the group over the individual, right? Well this is kind of its physical manifestation. If you want to learn and understand Japan, how could you not want to experience such an integral part of their culture?

ddsb2000: I mean if i get in a hot tub without the possiblitlity, of girls and all i can hope for is naked guys then the future is dim indeed.

O-man: Well, damn, that’s a pretty good reason, I must admit, heheheheheheh…. new listener (and subscriber) blu_jazz from… Virginia?

blu_jazz: well, that provided for interesting reading…

O-man: Thanks, the O-man aims to please. I’m such a whore, but don’t dis me like, like… well speak of the devil. Our Binghamton beauty is back…

bane_vixen: i guess prancing around in your birthday suit isn’t so bad. but no public baths for me. the only time i get naked is before i shower in my solitary, private bathroom, or when i’m having hot, steamy sex with some guy who can deliver heh

O-man: Alright already. Quite braggin’, will ya’? We can’t all be Karl Malone, y’know. Let’s see now, nefarious_hatter from Chi-town, you’re on the air.

nefarious_hatter: naked? in water? maybe other people. But i can’t imagine dipping in water and sharing ass germs.

O-man: Hahahha. Ass germs! Reminds me of a story my mother told me. When she went to the sento late at night, she would sometimes see a piece of baby poop floating in the water. Of course, this was long ago during and after WWII in Hiroshima when shit like that (no pun intended) wasn’t that high on the list of priorities. But I’d bet if you went to Japan, you’d go anyway, if only to take a few snapshots… Omega01, you’re on the air.

Omega01: Think about how hot it is in there…germs probably won’t survive for too long, haha.

O-man: Hahah, yeah, I hear ya’. But I think NH was just joking…

Omega01: And about the onsen…I’ve wanted to go for a very long time…I might see about studying abroad to give myself a chance to do it….yeeeesssssss…..

O-man: Indeed, as I mentioned in the previous show, Studying abroad is a great opportunity. It is the easiest way to immerse yourself in a culture with the least amount of effort. Ah, Mr_Mephisto from the backroad of NE Japan. You’re on the air.

Mr_Mephisto: Ha ha, onsen is great. But too much of a good thing can be bad. I like that people crave it. As for me, my kendo teacher wants to go to the onsen all the damn time. Its great after kendo, and the place I like best is only 200yen, but I think I enjoy it more when I go only, say, once a week.

O-man: *Gulp* 200 yen?!?

Mr_Mephisto: And in the snow is awesome. Once I was so hot, I climbed out into the snow and made little snowmen everywhere around the onsen. Makes people happy.

O-man: Happy? Happy?!? With a bunch of little inanimate guys staring at you? Sounds like the premise of a Stephen King story. So, uh, by the way, were you buck naked when you made these snowmen? Hehehehhe, just kidding. zettonv from FSU. What do you have to say?

zettonv: konyoku onsen 😛 there better be some pichi pichi gals there too! kaaaaaaaaaa!

O-man: Like I said in the previous show, only grandmas will come in. So don’t get you hopes up too high. gt_ninja, you’re on the air…

gt_ninja: Yeah Onsen. What is this strategic towel stuff? I saw none of this with women in Japan. Try going to an onsen with senpai. There is a good couple minutes where you realize you’re going to get completely naked in front of your friends and you have to look them in the eye tomorrow.

O-man: Hahahaha. It’s all good. Like Ekin said earlier, its a time where you have “nothing to hide”, its kind of a release…

gt_ninja: Yeah, well, the first time I had to bathe in a Japanese style public bathing room was back in HS on my first trip to Japan in a youth hostel. I picked a strange hour of the day so I could avoid people. I though I got lucky but to my dismay I heard someone else was going to come in. I rushed! And the small Japanese middle school student decided to open the sliding door the same time I did. We virtually knocked into each other, Naked. Big ol’ 5’7″ me and tiny ol’ her. No more naked touching please. >.<

O-man: Haahaha, you know you loved it.

gt_ninja: The best part is being lined up at the faucets and sitting on your stool. As my cousin described it from her watchful eye. “small japanese butt, small japanese butt, small japanese butt, hey look there is my cousin’s large latin butt, small japanese butt…” You get the picture.

O-man: Hahahahahah!!!!!! Whew, I get this image of a butt hanging over the “small” Japanese stool… That might not be the most pleasing of images… hehehehe. Okay, let’s move on. mystic_creator, you’re on the air.

mystic_creator: I’m very comfortable with being naked. I don’t think I would be too embarrassed.

O-man: Good for you. Now go to Japan and prove it… Sammy from Illinois, you’re on the air…

SammyStorm: Howard Stern, watch out! There’s a new DJ in town!

O-man: Dude, no props, please. And Stern ain’t got nothing on me…. hehehehehe…

SammyStorm: The first time I went to a sento, I saw a guy with tattoos all over his body, and you know what that means. But for some reason I wasn’t really embarassed about being naked, but as you said, I couldn’t get used to the really HOT water.

O-man: Yeah, the water can be REALLY hot. But body tattoo, yeah, that’s scary. Tattoos equal yakuza… But I was hoping for someone to make this exact comment. Why is it that I KNOW I can always count on you, Sammy? I mean we lived in the same freakin’ city in Tokyo, right? I feel like I found a long lost brother… What else is in store for us? Anyway, your comment is the perfect segue.

About, geez, I guess it would be 12 years ago now, when I was working at a thinktank in Tokyo, our section went to an onsen (hot spring) for our annual summer retreat. I love Japanese companies. They really know how to relieve stress. Here, in the States, a retreat by a company usually involves seminars on how to make the company better. Well, at this retreat, all we did was drink, eat and get drunk. I’d like to say we debauched, but we were a rather saintly group…

On our way home, our director told us there was one more onsen he wanted to go to. It was further in the mountains and we had to backtrack a bit, but he insisted it was a great place… and who were we to go against our boss? So we went to this little hole-in-the-wall of an onsen. It wasn’t dirty, but it was old and–for lack of a better word–rustic.

Well, as our boss had promised, it was a nice onsen. Hot, intimate and comfy. Back then, I wore glasses instead of contacts and in the onsen, they would fog up, so I usually left my glasses in my clothing basket and entered the bathing area with little vision and a tenugui–the Japanese hand towel. So I’m chatting with a colleague in the small bathing area when I smell cigarette smoke. Now I’m no prude, and at the time I too smoked as well, but there is a time and place for everything so I was rather pissed that someone would be ruining my enjoyment of the onsen with tobacco. I squint my eyes and look around and see a single guy with a dark towel over his shoulder sitting at the edge of the pool taking long deliverate drags on his smokes.

So I thought I’d tell him nicely but firmly that there’s a sign that says “No Smoking” and that he’s screwing it up for everybody else.

So I get up, walk over and sit myself right next to him, dangling my feet in the hot water like him. I turn to him as nonchalantly as possible and was about to speak my mind when I notice that he doesn’t have a towel over his shoulder. In fact it wasn’t anykind of cloth at all. It was a tattoo. *Gulp*

おい、なんなんだよ “Yeah? Whaddya want?” he asked in an annoyed tone…

いい湯ですね “Nice bath, isn’t it,” I managed in a voice about an octive higher than usual.

I got up, walked back to my friend, and enjoyed the rest of my bath in the knowledge that I was going home in one piece…

Thanks for tuning in guys…

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Hi, you’re on the air for…

O3: Tripping over a Yakuza

That’s Onsen 3, if you haven’t been paying attention…

With Cboy918, Kizyr, Vlade, Msbliss, Petey, BluJazz, the Vixen, Nefarious, Omega-man, Mr. Mephisto, a Ninja, Mystic Creator, and my long lost brother.

O-man: Okay, this is the final broadcast of O3. Thanks for your patience… that is if you’re still listening… Cboy918 from Maryland, you’re on the air…

Cboy918: Hold up a second. Are you leaving xanga again? “Interlude before the final broadcast”? C’mon now, whats the reason this time?

O-man: Hahahaha, I meant the broadcasts about onsen. This thing got so long that I broke it up into three parts, this being the final part of the trilogy. First there was T3, then Matrix Revolution, followed by Return of the King. Now this… You think I’ might get nominated for a Marconi? hehehehhehe. Anyway, I’m flattered that you care, but not to worry. I’ll be here for the time being… Kizyr, you’re on the air.

kizyr: Before I was pretty embarassed to take a public bath–last time I was in Japan I didn’t once, actually. But this time, I’ve gone to a public お風呂 (ofuro – specifically a bath) plenty of times and an 温泉 (onsen – hot springs) a few times as well.

O-man: Hey thanks for the translation. at least some of you realize that not everyone here know Japanese…

kizyr: The first time it wasn’t so awkward, because in our ryokan (inn) I was the only one who wanted to get up at 6AM to watch the sun rise while sitting in the ofuro (which I still highly recommend). Once, one other guest of the inn came in, but it didn’t bother me like I thought it might. After that, onsen, ofuro, whatever was no problem anymore. After you get over your initial reservations and realise that nobody is looking at you, it’s all good.

O-man: Dude, there’s a reason why no one was in the onsen at 6AM. First and foremost, an onsen is a plce for R & R: rest and relaxation. And in Japan, as you should know, that usually involves imbibing huge quantities of beer. So while going into a hot spring will relieve some of the pains of a hangover, few will wake up at the crack of dawn for that particular remedy. I know. Been there, done that… Next, Ham… uh, I mean, gokingsgo, from Sant.. uh, Los Angeles… Whew… you’re on the air.

gokingsgo: hmmm… something to do when i go on my japan trip.

O-man: That’s right dude. And have a safe trip… msbLiSs from Djibouti? Where the heck is that? Aint’ you from Cali?

msbLiSs: onsen, that sounds lovely. I only get to watch it in anime form. *sigh*

O-man: Hahahah, it IS lovely. You gotta go. None of this anime crap. Virtual is fun, but it will never beat the real thing… Anyway, Link_Strife, you’re on the air…

Link_Strife: that, i feel i must say, was…….now, how should I say what I must say…….quite interesting. yes indeed. lol.

O-man: I am in awe of your choice of diction. *click* ddsb2000 from Florida

ddsb2000: Jeez onsen sound a little weird. I’ve been looking forward to going to japan as long as i have been studying japanese but onsen don’t seem like something i’d be interested in.

O-man: Why? As strange as it may sound, it is part of the cultural landscape of Japan. You’ve heard of the Japan communal mentalitiy, the group over the individual, right? Well this is kind of its physical manifestation. If you want to learn and understand Japan, how could you not want to experience such an integral part of their culture?

ddsb2000: I mean if i get in a hot tub without the possiblitlity, of girls and all i can hope for is naked guys then the future is dim indeed.

O-man: Well, damn, that’s a pretty good reason, I must admit, heheheheheheh…. new listener (and subscriber) blu_jazz from… Virginia?

blu_jazz: well, that provided for interesting reading…

O-man: Thanks, the O-man aims to please. I’m such a whore, but don’t dis me like, like… well speak of the devil. Our Binghamton beauty is back…

bane_vixen: i guess prancing around in your birthday suit isn’t so bad. but no public baths for me. the only time i get naked is before i shower in my solitary, private bathroom, or when i’m having hot, steamy sex with some guy who can deliver heh

O-man: Alright already. Quite braggin’, will ya’? We can’t all be Karl Malone, y’know. Let’s see now, nefarious_hatter from Chi-town, you’re on the air.

nefarious_hatter: naked? in water? maybe other people. But i can’t imagine dipping in water and sharing ass germs.

O-man: Hahahha. Ass germs! Reminds me of a story my mother told me. When she went to the sento late at night, she would sometimes see a piece of baby poop floating in the water. Of course, this was long ago during and after WWII in Hiroshima when shit like that (no pun intended) wasn’t that high on the list of priorities. But I’d bet if you went to Japan, you’d go anyway, if only to take a few snapshots… Omega01, you’re on the air.

Omega01: Think about how hot it is in there…germs probably won’t survive for too long, haha.

O-man: Hahah, yeah, I hear ya’. But I think NH was just joking…

Omega01: And about the onsen…I’ve wanted to go for a very long time…I might see about studying abroad to give myself a chance to do it….yeeeesssssss…..

O-man: Indeed, as I mentioned in the previous show, Studying abroad is a great opportunity. It is the easiest way to immerse yourself in a culture with the least amount of effort. Ah, Mr_Mephisto from the backroad of NE Japan. You’re on the air.

Mr_Mephisto: Ha ha, onsen is great. But too much of a good thing can be bad. I like that people crave it. As for me, my kendo teacher wants to go to the onsen all the damn time. Its great after kendo, and the place I like best is only 200yen, but I think I enjoy it more when I go only, say, once a week.

O-man: *Gulp* 200 yen?!?

Mr_Mephisto: And in the snow is awesome. Once I was so hot, I climbed out into the snow and made little snowmen everywhere around the onsen. Makes people happy.

O-man: Happy? Happy?!? With a bunch of little inanimate guys staring at you? Sounds like the premise of a Stephen King story. So, uh, by the way, were you buck naked when you made these snowmen? Hehehehhe, just kidding. zettonv from FSU. What do you have to say?

zettonv: konyoku onsen 😛 there better be some pichi pichi gals there too! kaaaaaaaaaa!

O-man: Like I said in the previous show, only grandmas will come in. So don’t get you hopes up too high. gt_ninja, you’re on the air…

gt_ninja: Yeah Onsen. What is this strategic towel stuff? I saw none of this with women in Japan. Try going to an onsen with senpai. There is a good couple minutes where you realize you’re going to get completely naked in front of your friends and you have to look them in the eye tomorrow.

O-man: Hahahaha. It’s all good. Like Ekin said earlier, its a time where you have “nothing to hide”, its kind of a release…

gt_ninja: Yeah, well, the first time I had to bathe in a Japanese style public bathing room was back in HS on my first trip to Japan in a youth hostel. I picked a strange hour of the day so I could avoid people. I though I got lucky but to my dismay I heard someone else was going to come in. I rushed! And the small Japanese middle school student decided to open the sliding door the same time I did. We virtually knocked into each other, Naked. Big ol’ 5’7″ me and tiny ol’ her. No more naked touching please. >.<

O-man: Haahaha, you know you loved it.

gt_ninja: The best part is being lined up at the faucets and sitting on your stool. As my cousin described it from her watchful eye. “small japanese butt, small japanese butt, small japanese butt, hey look there is my cousin’s large latin butt, small japanese butt…” You get the picture.

O-man: Hahahahahah!!!!!! Whew, I get this image of a butt hanging over the “small” Japanese stool… That might not be the most pleasing of images… hehehehe. Okay, let’s move on. mystic_creator, you’re on the air.

mystic_creator: I’m very comfortable with being naked. I don’t think I would be too embarrassed.

O-man: Good for you. Now go to Japan and prove it… Sammy from Illinois, you’re on the air…

SammyStorm: Howard Stern, watch out! There’s a new DJ in town!

O-man: Dude, no props, please. And Stern ain’t got nothing on me…. hehehehehe…

SammyStorm: The first time I went to a sento, I saw a guy with tattoos all over his body, and you know what that means. But for some reason I wasn’t really embarassed about being naked, but as you said, I couldn’t get used to the really HOT water.

O-man: Yeah, the water can be REALLY hot. But body tattoo, yeah, that’s scary. Tattoos equal yakuza… But I was hoping for someone to make this exact comment. Why is it that I KNOW I can always count on you, Sammy? I mean we lived in the same freakin’ city in Tokyo, right? I feel like I found a long lost brother… What else is in store for us? Anyway, your comment is the perfect segue.

About, geez, I guess it would be 12 years ago now, when I was working at a thinktank in Tokyo, our section went to an onsen (hot spring) for our annual summer retreat. I love Japanese companies. They really know how to relieve stress. Here, in the States, a retreat by a company usually involves seminars on how to make the company better. Well, at this retreat, all we did was drink, eat and get drunk. I’d like to say we debauched, but we were a rather saintly group…

On our way home, our director told us there was one more onsen he wanted to go to. It was further in the mountains and we had to backtrack a bit, but he insisted it was a great place… and who were we to go against our boss? So we went to this little hole-in-the-wall of an onsen. It wasn’t dirty, but it was old and–for lack of a better word–rustic.

Well, as our boss had promised, it was a nice onsen. Hot, intimate and comfy. Back then, I wore glasses instead of contacts and in the onsen, they would fog up, so I usually left my glasses in my clothing basket and entered the bathing area with little vision and a tenugui–the Japanese hand towel. So I’m chatting with a colleague in the small bathing area when I smell cigarette smoke. Now I’m no prude, and at the time I too smoked as well, but there is a time and place for everything so I was rather pissed that someone would be ruining my enjoyment of the onsen with tobacco. I squint my eyes and look around and see a single guy with a dark towel over his shoulder sitting at the edge of the pool taking long deliverate drags on his smokes.

So I thought I’d tell him nicely but firmly that there’s a sign that says “No Smoking” and that he’s screwing it up for everybody else.

So I get up, walk over and sit myself right next to him, dangling my feet in the hot water like him. I turn to him as nonchalantly as possible and was about to speak my mind when I notice that he doesn’t have a towel over his shoulder. In fact it wasn’t anykind of cloth at all. It was a tattoo. *Gulp*

おい、なんなんだよ “Yeah? Whaddya want?” he asked in an annoyed tone…

いい湯ですね “Nice bath, isn’t it,” I managed in a voice about an octive higher than usual.

I got up, walked back to my friend, and enjoyed the rest of my bath in the knowledge that I was going home in one piece…

Thanks for tuning in guys…

Random Q & A

The past few days, I’ve had some pretty long-ass entries, and I don’t want to sound long-winded. So here’s an interlude before I post the final broadcast…

fooky11: hey so I was wondering… do you prefer your readers to leave comments in English?

O-man: As you know, I’m bi: Japanese and English. So you can leave a comment in either language. I was just having fun since the majority of my visitors don’t know Japanese, and it wouldn’t be fair or fun for them in this kind of dialogue/conversation, don’t you think?

Purin_kun: i only read the last paragraph…damn, if you keep printing stuff like that, i’m gonna have to…um, i dunno, not read it. 😉

O-man: Yo, dude, if you’re not going to read the whole entry, you don’t have to comment, okay?

SleepingCutie: Oooh. I like how you incorporated all our comments into your post. Was that inventiveness on your part? Or just plain laziness? hehehe. ^^

O-man: Damn, why’s everyone giving me a hard time?!? You know how much work goes into not only responding to comments but making them into a coherent conversation? Of course, you do. In fact, I know you do. But I got the idea from this medieval monk whose been kind of a lazy ass lately… I think I better wake him up… He told me he might teach Japanese this summer. Whaddya think about that?

mystic_creator: do you teach during the summer?

O-man: Yeah. I will this summer at least. why, you wanna come to DC and take a class? I’ll feed ya’ dinner at least once..

jessicayou3000: just out of curiosity. are you japanese? because you talk ’bout onigiriman.

O-man: I don’t “talk ’bout onigiriman”, I AM Onigiriman!!!!!

ChiisanaHoshi: Wow, I really love your xanga…@_@ mostly because I have an incurable addiction to all things Japanese. Please, keep writing…

O-man: Yeah, right, you “really love” my xanga? Then what’s with the 1 e-prop thing? Hahahahah. Just kidding….

Takunishi79: are you one of them “difficult” people to deal with? it’s rather difficult to imagine so, but who knows… maybe different in a professor-student setting.

O-man: Truth be told, I think so. I am narcissistic and self-absorbed by nature. I think there are two things that make me tolerable to others. 1. I realize that I’m narcissistic; and 2. I treat other people “special” as if they, too, were narcissistic–not that they are, of course, but everyone likes to feel special to one degree or another. I become “difficult” when the other person is as narcissistic as I am (or more), but doesn’t have 1 and 2.

ekin: I do set myself up to look like a FOB don’t I? I’d like to call it… “Being cultured.”

O-man: I’m just kidding, dude. If you come to this site and leave a comment, you gotta get used to the banter. It’s all in good fun…

ekin: What’s a konyoku? Is it a engagement? Does it taste good?

O-man: Hahahah! Konyoku 混浴こんよく is mixed bathing, men and women. Kon’yaku 婚約こんやく means engagement and konnnyaku こんにゃく is that gelatin like thing that Japanese swear will clean your intestines. Speaking of food…

Iron Chef America

Did anyone see Sakai and Flay on the American version of Iron Chef? It was kind of intersting, although I was surprised at one of the judges. Kerry Simon is a chef, but had a strange look on his face with some of Sakai’s items. He obviously could not take “exotic” foods. I thought most chefs were pretty adventurous, willing to try anything with an open mind. He could take a lesson from Tony Bourdain, executive chef at Les Halles in NYC. Bourdain will eat anything.

Did I say I didn’t want to seem long-winded? So sue me… No wait! Just kidding!!!!

Hi, you’re on the air…part 2

Can we get naked?

It is interesting how honest we can be under the veil of anonymity–I know, I know, Paiky, you’re not so anonymous. But most of us are, except with our friends… I write pretty often, but rarely about the intimate details and thoughts concerning other peope in my family or at work. As Sgt. Joe Friday of Dragnet used to say: Just the facts.

But I do talk about myself–in that all too familiar narcissistic way–whether it be my opinions on race or Japan, or the details of my past. In a way, I expose myself in this public forum, making myself available to you in all my nakedness–virtually speaking, of course… In so doing, I have been lucky enough to create a dialog with many of you–teasing, flirting, playing, arguing–all the while knowing that I will probably never get to meet any of you in person… This thought kinda makes me sad as I often wonder who you are. But it also emboldens me to expose myself further, in the knowledge that none of you will probably ever get to know me anyway, and I have nothing to be embarrassed about… Of course, many of my kids who read Onigiriman already know me, and they know the kind of person I am: sarcastic, demanding, blunt, fair… sometimes an asshole, but rarely deceptive. If I’m in a bad mood, you’d know. If I’m in a good mood, you’d know. What you see is what you get, always… well usually.

And the comment about the *orgasm* yesterday was tongue in cheek, dudes and dudettes. I was just trying to convey the idea that it REALLY felt good. Geez, I bet the FCC is gonna be on my ass now.

Anyway, this basic attitude has transfered here to my persona of Onigiriman, and I have had much fun getting to know you, as many of you often comment on my entries with a similar degree of candor… and I’d like to expose all of you as well! So let’s get naked:

O-man: Okay so we were talking about onsen and public bathing in general and I was wondering what your thought were about them. Have you ever been? Do you find them nice? Does the tought of getting butt naked with a stranger distgusting? Lets here from our fellow Xangans out there. Takunishi79 from Georgia, You’re on the air…

takunishi79: ・・・暇ひまっすねぇ~~

O-man: Excuse me? Just because I put on a good show doesn’t mean I have a lot of time y’know… I MAKE time, dude… And speak English, or our listeners won’t know what you’re saying… *click* Okay, Ekin from New York, talk to me…

ekin: 最近學校事情不多? 飯団先生的時間滿多! (If you don’t understand mah Chinese then :-p )

O-man: Crap, another one. And don’t stick you’re tongue out at me! No, I do have a lot a things to do at school, and the O-man doesn’t have a lot of time. (:-p) So there… *click* Hey M, will you disconnect the FOB hotline already? There’s gotta be an FCC regulation against using English, Japanese and Chinese on the same show… Anyway, can we get back on topic? Um, line 3? Okay, enygma81 from Illinois. Let’s hear about public bathing.

enygma81: I got weirded out when I went to a public bath in Korea for couple of reasons: 1. I’m not used to getting naked with strangers 2. I’m very self-conscious, especially in Korea where I definitely do not have an ideal figure.

O-man: Well, I don’t really know what constitutes and ideal figure in the US either, so

enygma81: Once I got used to it, though, I liked it. However, I’m not good at saunas, even in the States, so when my cousin’s wife and I went to use one of the less crowded ones, I was dying after a couple of minutes. We then found out it was less crowded because it was the HOTTER one. Sheesh.

O-man: Saunas, that’s another one… but they open your pores and let you sweat out the alcohol from the previous night. I think I need one now. hehehehe… Anything else?

enygma81: I want to go to Japan someday and go to an onsen there.

O-man: Don’t we all… Shiroi_norite from Nagoya, Japan. I bet you’ve been to an onsen, right?

Shiroi_Norite: There was nothing dramatic about my first trip to an onsen.

O-man: and so what happened?

Shiroi_Norite: The most exciting thing was being in the bath for only about five minutes before my host dad motioned for me to get out…

O-man: Yes? Yes?

Shiroi_Norite: …and then having to wait twenty minutes in the car…

O-man: In the car? then what did he do?!?

Shiroi_Norite: …with him learning about Japanese drivers licenses.

O-man: Drivers licenses?

Shiroi_Norite: When we went to the kaitenzushi afterwards for dinner, and there was a really long line, he apparently said very emphatically, “No! No more waiting!”

O-man: *click* Will we stay on topic. You’re on the air…

ekin: I went to a sento last year, and at that time I was friends with this girl who had introduced me to her fellow classmate Kenji, and on the same day they brought me to a sento

O-man: Hey, wait. Aren’t you the FOB?

ekin: when they told me all my clothes had to come off the first thing I said was “全部!?なでやねん? O_O 恥ずかしいよ!” Hah hah. But then I decided why the hell not… (Of course I was embarrassed at first, I didn’t grow up in the America that still had communal showers in high schools…)

O-man: Wait. Thye don’t have communal showers in high schools anymore? Do they have individual stalls? What the…

ekin: Perhaps the sento culture changed… because I was gonna go wash up first before going into the pool, but Kenji (Who was already in the bath) asked me what I was doing and to get in. My initial worry when getting in a sento was “It’d be embarrassing if I get a random stiffy” and also I’m bathing with a guy I’ve only met a few hours.

O-man: Stiffy? Dude, if you get a woody in a public bath, you’d better be having a horny conversation or else they’d beat you up…

ekin: But things are quite different when you’re there… you get to have nice conversation… Sorta’ like you have “nothing to hide” and you come out really refreshing. I’d definitely go again.

O-man: Actually, that’s a pretty good description of how I feel when I go to onsen or the sento. It is kind of refreshing. Well, said… for an FOB. hahahaha. Just kidding dude. BarbEric_Bojo from.. the Vatican?

BarbEric_Bojo: ahh being naked in front of strangers… sounds like fun..

O-man: Dude, you don’t sound like a Catholic to me? Or are they coming up with a new doctrine? If so, then maybe I’ll go back to church… until then, prrffzzt… Yes! Rie! Has my Texas girl ever been?

RieLin: Aaaa…onsen, I actually am looking forward to that. hahah, does that seem wierd, but I don’t think I would be the least bit shy, in fact I can’t wait to try it out!!

O-man: …………..

RieLin: Hahhahah, I just found it so funny about your butt getting so hot…I would probably have the same reaction!! LOL :OD Just recently I mentioned to my friend, that happens to be from Japan, that I was going to a hot tub to relax and just get a breather and then he sad…”aaaa…I want to go too…”

O-man: “he”?

RieLin: hahaha and he got to telling me about the Onsen in Japan, soo yes, I would really love to go.

O-man: I’d take ya’ myself, but M would probably kill me… Oh, well… ca1b0y from Tokyo. You’ve been to an onsen, right

ca1b0y: I thought I’d be embarrassed going to an onsen, but when the time came, I was surprisingly okay with it. I went to a 露天風呂 for the first time this winter.

O-man: Yeah, those out door hot springs. I’ve only been to one, once. How’d you like it?

ca1b0y: it was GREAT. Nothing like sitting in an onsen, surrounded by a beautiful snow-covered view. I could see why you’d become hooked with going to an onsen. I don’t know about making those 温泉巡り trips though. Seems a bit too excessive.

O-man: Yeah, they say if you spend too much time in the onsen, your body gets darui, which means wasted, tired… something like that… ikerton from Iowa, you’re on the air.

ikerton: I made a brochure for onsen for my English class mostly about the history/culture, etiquitte, and about the onsen experience. But yeah, I’ve never actually been to one; I’ve never been to Japan. But from the information I found online and from the people I talked to, it sounds awesome. Also all the pictures I’ve seen look great, especially the rotenburo, and the scene you described watching it snow.

O-man: Yes, onsen and snow are a perfect match. Ask any monkey…

ikerton: I’ve also heard some funny stories about how old guys wash their balls at onsen, like they really get into it, like here in the US when you wash your balls people normally try to be discrete about it. But I don’t know, that’s just what I’ve heard.

O-man: Hahahah, I hate to admit it, but I’ve actually seen it. I thought they were beating off or something, but they were actually scrubbing away at their scrotum… It was pretty freaky… Hey, bane_vixen from Binghamton, what’s up?

bane_vixen: I’d definitely feel self-conscious. mainly because I’d feel like such a heifer among all the petite Japanese women/girls.

O-man: Mooo. Hahahaha, Just kidding. I hear rumors that you most definitley don’t look like a cow! And the J girls aren’t so petite… well, maybe their cup size…

You can’t believe how long this is getting.
Last installment tomorrow, including Sammy, Jessica, Petey, Zarah, and Jane.

Hi, you’re on the air…part 2

Can we get naked?

It is interesting how honest we can be under the veil of anonymity–I know, I know, Paiky, you’re not so anonymous. But most of us are, except with our friends… I write pretty often, but rarely about the intimate details and thoughts concerning other peope in my family or at work. As Sgt. Joe Friday of Dragnet used to say: Just the facts.

But I do talk about myself–in that all too familiar narcissistic way–whether it be my opinions on race or Japan, or the details of my past. In a way, I expose myself in this public forum, making myself available to you in all my nakedness–virtually speaking, of course… In so doing, I have been lucky enough to create a dialog with many of you–teasing, flirting, playing, arguing–all the while knowing that I will probably never get to meet any of you in person… This thought kinda makes me sad as I often wonder who you are. But it also emboldens me to expose myself further, in the knowledge that none of you will probably ever get to know me anyway, and I have nothing to be embarrassed about… Of course, many of my kids who read Onigiriman already know me, and they know the kind of person I am: sarcastic, demanding, blunt, fair… sometimes an asshole, but rarely deceptive. If I’m in a bad mood, you’d know. If I’m in a good mood, you’d know. What you see is what you get, always… well usually.

And the comment about the *orgasm* yesterday was tongue in cheek, dudes and dudettes. I was just trying to convey the idea that it REALLY felt good. Geez, I bet the FCC is gonna be on my ass now.

Anyway, this basic attitude has transfered here to my persona of Onigiriman, and I have had much fun getting to know you, as many of you often comment on my entries with a similar degree of candor… and I’d like to expose all of you as well! So let’s get naked:

O-man: Okay so we were talking about onsen and public bathing in general and I was wondering what your thought were about them. Have you ever been? Do you find them nice? Does the tought of getting butt naked with a stranger distgusting? Lets here from our fellow Xangans out there. Takunishi79 from Georgia, You’re on the air…

takunishi79: ・・・暇ひまっすねぇ~~

O-man: Excuse me? Just because I put on a good show doesn’t mean I have a lot of time y’know… I MAKE time, dude… And speak English, or our listeners won’t know what you’re saying… *click* Okay, Ekin from New York, talk to me…

ekin: 最近學校事情不多? 飯団先生的時間滿多! (If you don’t understand mah Chinese then :-p )

O-man: Crap, another one. And don’t stick you’re tongue out at me! No, I do have a lot a things to do at school, and the O-man doesn’t have a lot of time. (:-p) So there… *click* Hey M, will you disconnect the FOB hotline already? There’s gotta be an FCC regulation against using English, Japanese and Chinese on the same show… Anyway, can we get back on topic? Um, line 3? Okay, enygma81 from Illinois. Let’s hear about public bathing.

enygma81: I got weirded out when I went to a public bath in Korea for couple of reasons: 1. I’m not used to getting naked with strangers 2. I’m very self-conscious, especially in Korea where I definitely do not have an ideal figure.

O-man: Well, I don’t really know what constitutes and ideal figure in the US either, so

enygma81: Once I got used to it, though, I liked it. However, I’m not good at saunas, even in the States, so when my cousin’s wife and I went to use one of the less crowded ones, I was dying after a couple of minutes. We then found out it was less crowded because it was the HOTTER one. Sheesh.

O-man: Saunas, that’s another one… but they open your pores and let you sweat out the alcohol from the previous night. I think I need one now. hehehehe… Anything else?

enygma81: I want to go to Japan someday and go to an onsen there.

O-man: Don’t we all… Shiroi_norite from Nagoya, Japan. I bet you’ve been to an onsen, right?

Shiroi_Norite: There was nothing dramatic about my first trip to an onsen.

O-man: and so what happened?

Shiroi_Norite: The most exciting thing was being in the bath for only about five minutes before my host dad motioned for me to get out…

O-man: Yes? Yes?

Shiroi_Norite: …and then having to wait twenty minutes in the car…

O-man: In the car? then what did he do?!?

Shiroi_Norite: …with him learning about Japanese drivers licenses.

O-man: Drivers licenses?

Shiroi_Norite: When we went to the kaitenzushi afterwards for dinner, and there was a really long line, he apparently said very emphatically, “No! No more waiting!”

O-man: *click* Will we stay on topic. You’re on the air…

ekin: I went to a sento last year, and at that time I was friends with this girl who had introduced me to her fellow classmate Kenji, and on the same day they brought me to a sento

O-man: Hey, wait. Aren’t you the FOB?

ekin: when they told me all my clothes had to come off the first thing I said was “全部!?なでやねん? O_O 恥ずかしいよ!” Hah hah. But then I decided why the hell not… (Of course I was embarrassed at first, I didn’t grow up in the America that still had communal showers in high schools…)

O-man: Wait. Thye don’t have communal showers in high schools anymore? Do they have individual stalls? What the…

ekin: Perhaps the sento culture changed… because I was gonna go wash up first before going into the pool, but Kenji (Who was already in the bath) asked me what I was doing and to get in. My initial worry when getting in a sento was “It’d be embarrassing if I get a random stiffy” and also I’m bathing with a guy I’ve only met a few hours.

O-man: Stiffy? Dude, if you get a woody in a public bath, you’d better be having a horny conversation or else they’d beat you up…

ekin: But things are quite different when you’re there… you get to have nice conversation… Sorta’ like you have “nothing to hide” and you come out really refreshing. I’d definitely go again.

O-man: Actually, that’s a pretty good description of how I feel when I go to onsen or the sento. It is kind of refreshing. Well, said… for an FOB. hahahaha. Just kidding dude. BarbEric_Bojo from.. the Vatican?

BarbEric_Bojo: ahh being naked in front of strangers… sounds like fun..

O-man: Dude, you don’t sound like a Catholic to me? Or are they coming up with a new doctrine? If so, then maybe I’ll go back to church… until then, prrffzzt… Yes! Rie! Has my Texas girl ever been?

RieLin: Aaaa…onsen, I actually am looking forward to that. hahah, does that seem wierd, but I don’t think I would be the least bit shy, in fact I can’t wait to try it out!!

O-man: …………..

RieLin: Hahhahah, I just found it so funny about your butt getting so hot…I would probably have the same reaction!! LOL :OD Just recently I mentioned to my friend, that happens to be from Japan, that I was going to a hot tub to relax and just get a breather and then he sad…”aaaa…I want to go too…”

O-man: “he”?

RieLin: hahaha and he got to telling me about the Onsen in Japan, soo yes, I would really love to go.

O-man: I’d take ya’ myself, but M would probably kill me… Oh, well… ca1b0y from Tokyo. You’ve been to an onsen, right

ca1b0y: I thought I’d be embarrassed going to an onsen, but when the time came, I was surprisingly okay with it. I went to a 露天風呂 for the first time this winter.

O-man: Yeah, those out door hot springs. I’ve only been to one, once. How’d you like it?

ca1b0y: it was GREAT. Nothing like sitting in an onsen, surrounded by a beautiful snow-covered view. I could see why you’d become hooked with going to an onsen. I don’t know about making those 温泉巡り trips though. Seems a bit too excessive.

O-man: Yeah, they say if you spend too much time in the onsen, your body gets darui, which means wasted, tired… something like that… ikerton from Iowa, you’re on the air.

ikerton: I made a brochure for onsen for my English class mostly about the history/culture, etiquitte, and about the onsen experience. But yeah, I’ve never actually been to one; I’ve never been to Japan. But from the information I found online and from the people I talked to, it sounds awesome. Also all the pictures I’ve seen look great, especially the rotenburo, and the scene you described watching it snow.

O-man: Yes, onsen and snow are a perfect match. Ask any monkey…

ikerton: I’ve also heard some funny stories about how old guys wash their balls at onsen, like they really get into it, like here in the US when you wash your balls people normally try to be discrete about it. But I don’t know, that’s just what I’ve heard.

O-man: Hahahah, I hate to admit it, but I’ve actually seen it. I thought they were beating off or something, but they were actually scrubbing away at their scrotum… It was pretty freaky… Hey, bane_vixen from Binghamton, what’s up?

bane_vixen: I’d definitely feel self-conscious. mainly because I’d feel like such a heifer among all the petite Japanese women/girls.

O-man: Mooo. Hahahaha, Just kidding. I hear rumors that you most definitley don’t look like a cow! And the J girls aren’t so petite… well, maybe their cup size…

You can’t believe how long this is getting.
Last installment tomorrow, including Sammy, Jessica, Petey, Zarah, and Jane.

Hi, you’re on the air…part 2

Can we get naked?

It is interesting how honest we can be under the veil of anonymity–I know, I know, Paiky, you’re not so anonymous. But most of us are, except with our friends… I write pretty often, but rarely about the intimate details and thoughts concerning other peope in my family or at work. As Sgt. Joe Friday of Dragnet used to say: Just the facts.

But I do talk about myself–in that all too familiar narcissistic way–whether it be my opinions on race or Japan, or the details of my past. In a way, I expose myself in this public forum, making myself available to you in all my nakedness–virtually speaking, of course… In so doing, I have been lucky enough to create a dialog with many of you–teasing, flirting, playing, arguing–all the while knowing that I will probably never get to meet any of you in person… This thought kinda makes me sad as I often wonder who you are. But it also emboldens me to expose myself further, in the knowledge that none of you will probably ever get to know me anyway, and I have nothing to be embarrassed about… Of course, many of my kids who read Onigiriman already know me, and they know the kind of person I am: sarcastic, demanding, blunt, fair… sometimes an asshole, but rarely deceptive. If I’m in a bad mood, you’d know. If I’m in a good mood, you’d know. What you see is what you get, always… well usually.

And the comment about the *orgasm* yesterday was tongue in cheek, dudes and dudettes. I was just trying to convey the idea that it REALLY felt good. Geez, I bet the FCC is gonna be on my ass now.

Anyway, this basic attitude has transfered here to my persona of Onigiriman, and I have had much fun getting to know you, as many of you often comment on my entries with a similar degree of candor… and I’d like to expose all of you as well! So let’s get naked:

O-man: Okay so we were talking about onsen and public bathing in general and I was wondering what your thought were about them. Have you ever been? Do you find them nice? Does the tought of getting butt naked with a stranger distgusting? Lets here from our fellow Xangans out there. Takunishi79 from Georgia, You’re on the air…

takunishi79: ・・・暇ひまっすねぇ~~

O-man: Excuse me? Just because I put on a good show doesn’t mean I have a lot of time y’know… I MAKE time, dude… And speak English, or our listeners won’t know what you’re saying… *click* Okay, Ekin from New York, talk to me…

ekin: 最近學校事情不多? 飯団先生的時間滿多! (If you don’t understand mah Chinese then :-p )

O-man: Crap, another one. And don’t stick you’re tongue out at me! No, I do have a lot a things to do at school, and the O-man doesn’t have a lot of time. (:-p) So there… *click* Hey M, will you disconnect the FOB hotline already? There’s gotta be an FCC regulation against using English, Japanese and Chinese on the same show… Anyway, can we get back on topic? Um, line 3? Okay, enygma81 from Illinois. Let’s hear about public bathing.

enygma81: I got weirded out when I went to a public bath in Korea for couple of reasons: 1. I’m not used to getting naked with strangers 2. I’m very self-conscious, especially in Korea where I definitely do not have an ideal figure.

O-man: Well, I don’t really know what constitutes and ideal figure in the US either, so

enygma81: Once I got used to it, though, I liked it. However, I’m not good at saunas, even in the States, so when my cousin’s wife and I went to use one of the less crowded ones, I was dying after a couple of minutes. We then found out it was less crowded because it was the HOTTER one. Sheesh.

O-man: Saunas, that’s another one… but they open your pores and let you sweat out the alcohol from the previous night. I think I need one now. hehehehe… Anything else?

enygma81: I want to go to Japan someday and go to an onsen there.

O-man: Don’t we all… Shiroi_norite from Nagoya, Japan. I bet you’ve been to an onsen, right?

Shiroi_Norite: There was nothing dramatic about my first trip to an onsen.

O-man: and so what happened?

Shiroi_Norite: The most exciting thing was being in the bath for only about five minutes before my host dad motioned for me to get out…

O-man: Yes? Yes?

Shiroi_Norite: …and then having to wait twenty minutes in the car…

O-man: In the car? then what did he do?!?

Shiroi_Norite: …with him learning about Japanese drivers licenses.

O-man: Drivers licenses?

Shiroi_Norite: When we went to the kaitenzushi afterwards for dinner, and there was a really long line, he apparently said very emphatically, “No! No more waiting!”

O-man: *click* Will we stay on topic. You’re on the air…

ekin: I went to a sento last year, and at that time I was friends with this girl who had introduced me to her fellow classmate Kenji, and on the same day they brought me to a sento

O-man: Hey, wait. Aren’t you the FOB?

ekin: when they told me all my clothes had to come off the first thing I said was “全部!?なでやねん? O_O 恥ずかしいよ!” Hah hah. But then I decided why the hell not… (Of course I was embarrassed at first, I didn’t grow up in the America that still had communal showers in high schools…)

O-man: Wait. Thye don’t have communal showers in high schools anymore? Do they have individual stalls? What the…

ekin: Perhaps the sento culture changed… because I was gonna go wash up first before going into the pool, but Kenji (Who was already in the bath) asked me what I was doing and to get in. My initial worry when getting in a sento was “It’d be embarrassing if I get a random stiffy” and also I’m bathing with a guy I’ve only met a few hours.

O-man: Stiffy? Dude, if you get a woody in a public bath, you’d better be having a horny conversation or else they’d beat you up…

ekin: But things are quite different when you’re there… you get to have nice conversation… Sorta’ like you have “nothing to hide” and you come out really refreshing. I’d definitely go again.

O-man: Actually, that’s a pretty good description of how I feel when I go to onsen or the sento. It is kind of refreshing. Well, said… for an FOB. hahahaha. Just kidding dude. BarbEric_Bojo from.. the Vatican?

BarbEric_Bojo: ahh being naked in front of strangers… sounds like fun..

O-man: Dude, you don’t sound like a Catholic to me? Or are they coming up with a new doctrine? If so, then maybe I’ll go back to church… until then, prrffzzt… Yes! Rie! Has my Texas girl ever been?

RieLin: Aaaa…onsen, I actually am looking forward to that. hahah, does that seem wierd, but I don’t think I would be the least bit shy, in fact I can’t wait to try it out!!

O-man: …………..

RieLin: Hahhahah, I just found it so funny about your butt getting so hot…I would probably have the same reaction!! LOL :OD Just recently I mentioned to my friend, that happens to be from Japan, that I was going to a hot tub to relax and just get a breather and then he sad…”aaaa…I want to go too…”

O-man: “he”?

RieLin: hahaha and he got to telling me about the Onsen in Japan, soo yes, I would really love to go.

O-man: I’d take ya’ myself, but M would probably kill me… Oh, well… ca1b0y from Tokyo. You’ve been to an onsen, right

ca1b0y: I thought I’d be embarrassed going to an onsen, but when the time came, I was surprisingly okay with it. I went to a 露天風呂 for the first time this winter.

O-man: Yeah, those out door hot springs. I’ve only been to one, once. How’d you like it?

ca1b0y: it was GREAT. Nothing like sitting in an onsen, surrounded by a beautiful snow-covered view. I could see why you’d become hooked with going to an onsen. I don’t know about making those 温泉巡り trips though. Seems a bit too excessive.

O-man: Yeah, they say if you spend too much time in the onsen, your body gets darui, which means wasted, tired… something like that… ikerton from Iowa, you’re on the air.

ikerton: I made a brochure for onsen for my English class mostly about the history/culture, etiquitte, and about the onsen experience. But yeah, I’ve never actually been to one; I’ve never been to Japan. But from the information I found online and from the people I talked to, it sounds awesome. Also all the pictures I’ve seen look great, especially the rotenburo, and the scene you described watching it snow.

O-man: Yes, onsen and snow are a perfect match. Ask any monkey…

ikerton: I’ve also heard some funny stories about how old guys wash their balls at onsen, like they really get into it, like here in the US when you wash your balls people normally try to be discrete about it. But I don’t know, that’s just what I’ve heard.

O-man: Hahahah, I hate to admit it, but I’ve actually seen it. I thought they were beating off or something, but they were actually scrubbing away at their scrotum… It was pretty freaky… Hey, bane_vixen from Binghamton, what’s up?

bane_vixen: I’d definitely feel self-conscious. mainly because I’d feel like such a heifer among all the petite Japanese women/girls.

O-man: Mooo. Hahahaha, Just kidding. I hear rumors that you most definitley don’t look like a cow! And the J girls aren’t so petite… well, maybe their cup size…

You can’t believe how long this is getting.
Last installment tomorrow, including Sammy, Jessica, Petey, Zarah, and Jane.

Hi, you’re on the air… part 1

I’ve always been fascinated with the honesty that people manifest when they are anonymous. I used to listen to radio talk shows a lot when I drove to work in LA, and all these people–whether they are talking about sports, or relationships, or family matters–they just let it all hang out… just like here on Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzanga!

O-man: So we were talking about onsen. iiSoNySoUnDii from Florida, you’re on the air…

iiSoNySoUnDii: I went with my uncle twice before. It was great. If I could, I’d do it again, but alas, I’m stuck in America for a while because of college.

O-man: You’re still young, you can go again.

iiSoNySoUnDii: Eh…maybe if I get to study abroad…

O-man: Remember, study abroad may be your only true chance to experience another country with a high degree of freedom. If you go after you graduate, you will be strapped for money or you will be going for work. Either way, you movement will be limited. Study abroad is a great way to experience a different culture. If you can afford it, by all means, study abroad… SleepingCutie from Vancouver…

SleepingCutie: My aunt wanted me to go to a public bath in Korea with her… but I declined. At that time, I was rather embarrassed about my body.

O-man: Now why would you be embarrassed about your body? Your’ not embarrassed anymore are you?

SleepingCutie: Now, I would most definitely take her up on that offer! Nudity is nothing to be ashamed of. =)

O-man: Good for you. It certainly isn’t anything to be ashamed of… Especially with your shoulder… Yes, AsnHoopla from, from… What’s with all the Canadians?

AsnHoopla: I’ve never been to one, but I would like to one day. My relatives live in Okinawa, and I’m planning to see them soon.

O-man: Okinawa? That sounds nice. So I guess you don’t really know…

AsnHoopla: HOWEVER: I do remember a lesbian grade 10 japanese teacher who was caucasion that told our class about them….

O-man: Hmmm, lesbian, caucasion and a Japanese teacher? That must have been a veeeeeery interesting description. What did she say?

AsnHoopla: (shudder)….:P

O-man: Okay, nevermind… Yes, Fooky11 from Illinois. You’re on the air…

fooky11: I’ve never been to an onsen yet….. I SO want to go but never had a chance to… urgh!

O-man: Really? It thought you were part Japan and lived in Japan. So have you ever bathed in public before?

fooky11: When I first bathed in public was at karate. I was like 9 or 10. I remember all the kids were so excited to compare each other’s penis (size, shape) and how much hair you…

O-man: Oops, looks like we got cut off, which is, uh… just as well I think? Okay, zhuzhu from California…

zhuzhu: oh man! my first onsen was last summer. i went to japan with my girlfriend and close guy friend. So we were in hakone, right? and we decide to go try it out. we’re in the changing room and this is really awkward, and not because we’re getting naked, but because we’re getting naked with each other.

O-man: Hahahah, so what happens?

zhuzhu: so we take it slowly. all of a sudden this jolly japanese guy comes out and starts talking. he’s laughing uncontrollably and he says, “ohhhhh! you two american huh?” and apparently that makes whatever’s funny in the first place even funnier. so he starts ripping off OUR clothes. we were all, “…alkjsdjklasd get your hands off of me!” and he was just laughing the whole time saying, “it’s ok, it’s ok–we all boys here.” and we were thinking, “yea, that’s kind of the point.” but o well. that was my onsen experience. we got used to it, and went to onsen probably 6 times total on the trip.

O-man: So I guess you ended up really liking the onsen thing, huh? Feel prety good, don’t it?

zhuzhu: I guess it’s always awkward if you haven’t been before, but it feels so damn good. I want to try it in the snow though, that must be fuckin’ awesome–i heard it’s the prettiest like that.

O-man: It sure is. Even better, a friend of mine and I had some cool sake at the same time: hot bath, cold sake, snowy scenery. Dang, I almost had an orgasm. Hahahahah… Just kidding guys…

To be continued….