This one’s unexpected.
I was staying with my host family at that time. It was December 16, 2007, Sunday. My host parents told me that they will bring me to a spa. God, I was excited. I imagined the kind of spa here in the Philippines where you lie comfortably and someone massages your body. Afterwards you can have a facial or a sauna. I changed fast and brought a pair of undergarments and a small towel.
While we were on the car, I asked them, “So, uhm, do we choose the kind of massage? Whether hard or soft?” and they looked at me confusedly. I added, “Uhm, how does the spa work?” to that, my host mom replied, as if suddenly remembering something, “Oh, I’m sorry Lani (they call me that), I forgot to tell you we have a different spa here. You remove all your clothes and then you immerse in a hot spring. Like onsen.”
Wonderful. My world almost collapsed. “If you do not like, then it is okay. We can go back.”, she continued.
What would I do? I want to experience this but not at that moment. I am not yet ready to show my body to a bunch of Japanese I do not know. Then remembering what Bai (a fellow Filipino jenesys-participant) told me to enjoy everything in Japan because I might not encounter the same opportunity again, I said, “No. it’s okay. But, are boys and girls separated? (I am not yet prepared to see a dozen dicks you know)”. Thank God it is.
I was really nervous. But once I stripped off my clothes and entered the hot spring, all anxiousness vanished. The fact that I was the only Filipino there comforted me because we can be malicious sometimes. For the Japanese, it was pretty normal.
It was one of the best! I can stay there for hours and I won’t complain. Yes I hate swimming pools because you have to swim but I love this place because you don’t have to do anything. Just stay there and feel the warm water (some even reaching 40 degree Celsius!) and cool breeze at the same time.
Plus, there’s the sumptuous meal afterwards. Partly shown is my host father.
I wouldn’t mind doing it again. Actually, I’d love doing it again.