Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Japanese public baths: male nudity 1-4

What are those things the men are sitting on in the first picture?
This was a question from a member of the [ymna2] Yahoo group:
He went on to explain.
 Well, years ago I went to the "spring baths" in Hot Springs, Arkansas (USA).  There were things that men were sitting in and on.  I tried it, and it simply was very warm water.  Was this just to make the butt/ass relax or what?  I didn't understand the meaning of it.

Bizarre how people can come up with such strange interpretation so other people culture-bound behavior.
Another person in the same : [ymna2]  Yahoo Group responded:

From what iIknow, or at least what is in the first picture, they are just stools/buckets. usually people carry all their soap/shampoo/etc in the bucket, then turn it over to use as a stool while they shower off before getting in the tub.

The second is exactly right. Just stool - plastic, santitary, low-to-the-ground, and cheaply replaced.

The above amateur photos from a Japanese public bath were forwarded  in a group message from: atitlan on his [ymna2] Yahoo group.   Cross-posted on Otoko-Gay and Quiver of Errors (

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