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  • We are here in Aizu-Wakamatsu at the Harataki Hotel and we're really excited because they are finally allowing

  • people with tattoos into their onsen.

  • So, if you're coming to Japan and you want to use an onsen, we're going to give you a little guide

  • so you don't make a fool of yourself

  • and you know exactly what to do. Come let me show you the ways of the onsen.

  • M-Are we about to get naked on camera. S-Let's get naked girl. M-About to get naked on camera.

  • But we're gonna be in separate rooms though. It's not co-ed. Separate rooms. Men and women.

  • Scoundrel!

  • All right, rule number one: make sure you know which one is for men

  • and which one is for women. Usually women have a red curtain outside and men have blue.

  • But if for some reason they don't have color coded curtains,

  • which has happened to me before, you're gonna want to memorize this tiny tiny kanji to tell the difference.

  • But, luckily here, it's pretty easy.

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  • All to myself. So whether you're staying in an onsen hotel, or you're just visiting an onsen,

  • they will have little tiny lockers for you to put in your like wallet and your cell phone and stuff. You can lock it up

  • and these keys are waterproof. But for the rest of your clothing,

  • we're just going to use a basket. You're gonna wanna dump all your clothing into one of these baskets here.

  • And then, you want to get naked. Sorry guys can't watch this part.

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  • Time to test your knowledge of the onsen.

  • I'm gonna be throwing out some onsen facts to you guys. Some are true and some are terribly false.

  • We'll see how many of them you guys actually can call out for me. Right over here we have a lovely little basket.

  • It's filled with hair elastics. That is because it is extremely

  • rude to get into the onsen bathtub area with your hair touching the water. Is that true or false?

  • It's true. Do not let your hair drag in the water.

  • That's for you to guys if you have long hair. Imagine the gigantic hair balls that will form over

  • all the time of people. It would be like a monster rising from the ocean. Get your hair up.

  • Onsen fact: true or false? You must wet your hair before getting into the onsen.

  • This is actually an undecided one. Some people say you don't have to wash your hair

  • but you must get it wet before getting into the onsen. Other people say it doesn't matter just as long as your hair doesn't actually

  • touch the water. So I choose to not wash my hair today, but I will be pulling it up quite firmly

  • and applying this super adorable headband to ensure that no hair touches the water.

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  • Most onsens will be providing you with two towels.

  • There will be a big towel for you to dry off with, and then there'll be this little, teeny tiny towel.

  • What is this tiny towel for? This teeny towel actually has two purposes.

  • You can use it to scrub your body clean

  • and then also you can use it as a manner towel. So a lot of people that get naked will take this towel and just

  • kind of like cover up their lady or man bits when they're transferring between

  • showering and bathing and back and forth again; so get your tiny manner towel ready.

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  • Now this over here is the onsen. It is not a bathtub for you to clean your body in. That is a massive faux pas.

  • When you come here the first thing you should do this clean off. Get off the lotion, the deodorant

  • that you're wearing before you go to soak in the actual onsen. You will be very highly judged

  • if you just step right into that hot tub. So guys, let's go get scrubbed.

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  • Now, most onsens will provide you with shampoo and conditioner and body soap and maybe even face soap

  • if they're fancy, but not all of them do. So if you're paying to get into just an onsen

  • you might want to bring a little bit of toiletries with you.

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  • This is an important ritual known as kuma kuma

  • Because there's been many people that have been visiting this onsen for like, years and years and years,

  • you don't want to kind of anger or disrespect the spirits.

  • So you scoop up a little bit of the water using this special bucket known as a karaoke.

  • And then you pour it back into the water.

  • That's total BS guys. I completely made that up.

  • This is an important bucket for getting your body all warm and clean.

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  • Yes, I'm cheating I am wearing a bathing suit. But normally, I should be naked right now.

  • Let's hit the open air bath.

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  • Let's talk about the real use of this bucket, shall we? You can use it for when you're actually washing

  • but the real intention is to help you ease your way into hot springs. A lot of onsen are

  • totally nuts hot like you put your feet in and you're like aaarghh!

  • You scoop up some water, and starting at your feet

  • you slowly warm up your body to get used to it. So let's get used to this frickin' scalding hot onsen.

  • (Water rushing & moving over rocks)

  • This is nice.

  • Guys, if you have your little modesty towel with you, you can pop it on the top of your head, like this, to keep it out

  • of the water. It's also quite nice if you dip it in cold water first.

  • But whatever you do, don't wring it into the onsen

  • It's considered very poor manners to do that. Just keep it up here

  • Now I know a lot of you guys feel uncomfortable with the idea of public nudity

  • But I gotta tell you if you come to Japan and you miss out on the chance to enjoy an onsen, guys

  • It's such a nice way to unplug. You can't bring your phone with you

  • You can't check Twitter, Instagram, YouTube. If you don't have another friend to come with,

  • you just got to kind of sit, enjoy the scenery, relax, and unplug

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  • Why have I never seen a baby pigeon? Where are they?

  • I'm not sure if I've ever used a semicolon correctly in my entire life.

  • It's always been a guess.

  • I just realized that I put a lot more effort into getting my cat to like me than I put effort into getting

  • people to like me.

  • Cats are so soft.

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  • Hmm. You know what? Your stomach thinks that all potatoes are mashed potatoes.

  • Delicious.

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  • I wonder what Martina's doing? Probably not being informative whatsoever.

  • She's such a slacker sometimes.

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  • In Japanese, there's actually a really nice phrase which means "naked friendship".

  • And the concept is that everyone is the same when they're naked.

  • Nobody wants to be naked. You can't tell if anybody's rich, or if anybody's poor.

  • We're all exactly the same, so don't worry about people looking at you and checking out your scars, or if you're overweight,

  • or if you have a weird tattoo. Nobody cares. Naked friendship. Come to Japan, enjoy an onsen, get naked.

  • So, this was a super fun shoot because Martina did all the work

  • and all I had to do was soak in a tub and look reflective and stuff like that.

  • We also only had an hour, so Martina did all the grunt work

  • and I I did the artsy shots, you could say, for, for the team.

  • (Bark)

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  • It's like my dream. You guys have no idea how much I love milk. This might sound strange to you, but after an onsen

  • it's actually kind of traditional to drink milk. Hence, the milk vending machine here. You got normal milk,

  • you've got yogurt milk, and you've got coffee flavored milk. Supposedly this started because milk was cheaper than buying soda.

  • Yeah, I don't know. All I know is that this is totally

  • amazing. Glass milk bottle!

  • Oh my god. It is so good. It is so full fat. This is like I feel like I'm drinking 4% milk.

  • This is unbelievable. I never would have expected milk to be something I'd want after being in like hot

  • soaking situation, but wow.

  • Icy cold milk.

  • (music, milk drinking)

  • Mmm. This is my dream

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  • So we are ending our night here with an incredible experience. You guys should see where we are right now.

  • Yep. We're sitting at a table

  • on a river with a waterfall, and there's literally a tree like growing out of the side of the table. Right there.

  • That's the waterfall. If I wanted to I could jump into it, from here. Yep. Into the waterfall.

  • Hopefully you guys can hear us over the sound of the amazing roaring water.

  • Well this style of dining has actually got a name it's called kawadoko, and it means literally eating at a table by a river.

  • I kind of think of it like how if you say to somebody I'm going on a picnic (exactly)

  • it implies that you're gonna be like outdoors on the grass. If you tell someone you're gonna be eating

  • like, kawadoko, it means you're gonna be eating at this like, amazing

  • riverside magic.

  • This is an absolutely fantastic way to end your onsen experience. I'm so excited for this, gonna happen.

  • Can I just say, this right here is my retirement dream.

  • I really want to live by a running body of water. If I could listen to water like this, I will sleep like the dead.

  • And I'll have to pee all the time. It's, this, this is my dream right here. This is really special.

  • I feel like I'm 60 years old and happy. This is. What do you mean? You feel like you're sixty years old

  • and happy. Well because a lot of like old people are like...okay.

  • You know what?

  • Let's just drink some beer before you dig yourself a pit. Oh look at this frozen glass.

  • Oh my god.

  • This is so cold and wonderful. Oh my gosh. I can barely hold this girl.

  • Kampai.

  • Oh my god.

  • Let's start off our night right.

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  • So, that's it for this week's wonderful adventure.

  • This is our second time at Harataki Onsen. I love it here.

  • Mmhm.

  • I didn't even know that they had this available this time around

  • Eating by the waterfall, having great food, a wonderful onsen. This is really special to me guys. Good feels

  • right? I just, I feel great. You burnt the *baah* out of that girl.I didn't. I trusted you.

  • Word doesn't fill me, we got to get to eating. If you want information on how to get to the hotel, click on our blog post.

  • And we'll know all about how to get over here, and when this is in season and all that jazz

  • Kampai, everyone. Okay. Goodbye. Kampai.

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