Comment on Motto Onsen ni Ikou! Wetter Than Ever by Anonymous:

I believe the idea is that while bathing, you aren’t supposed to notice the body. Similar to how you can hear anything that’s being said through shoji, but you’re expected to ignore it. Of course, Japanese culture has changed significantly since the end of World War 2, and these days I rather doubt that most young Japanese understand, or at least adhere to, these concepts.

Don’t forget that Japan’s gone from a society where, if you wanted a bath, you’d go to the local sentou, to one where you have one in your bathroom (and you’re more likely to just take a shower than a bath).


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