Manners in a volcano pool
The hot water comes directly from the inner secret of Mother Earth, via a Japanese volcano, a small rippling stream and a simple man made chute of wood straight down into the pool that we share with seven naked Japanese men. All are naked and we feel a bit shy. Hey, what happened to the Swedish sin?
With in seconds our Japanese bathing friends tell us, in a very friendly way of course, that we shall not sit. Hmmmm, we just learnt that sitting was good. No! Now we should stand up, and not stand in the wrong place. All said with the biggest respect and kindness.
How can this people be so polite and friendly? A Japanese enemy must be among the friendliest companion you can have.