Lessons I Learned About Body Positivity After Visiting A Japanese Hot Spring

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Savvy Tokyo

An onsen (hot spring) allows you to rejuvenate, cleanse and bond deeper with your body. I am probably one of the few Indians brave enough to visit an onsen in Japan. Where I am from, it is unheard of in our culture to bathe naked among strangers—or even friends and family. We’re taught from a young age to respect our bodies by covering up. Most Indian families encourage modest dressing too. Any clothing item revealing too much skin is a big no-no. Because of my upbringing, I had a tough time initially adjusting to the onsen culture in Japan. My first onsen experience took place in Hakone in 20…

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