Any man would be arrested for the same thing. Well, you could see onsen, Japanese communal baths, that way, but you'd be missing out. This is not the place to scrub yourself with aforementioned teeny tiny towel. Don't try to smuggle in a T-shirt. But we'll get to that later. But soon I actually started seeking out onsen. OK, it's a little more complicated than that.
The 60 year-old Japanese man gave my ill-considered ink no more than a friendly, if uncomprehending, smile.
Bathe naked with strangers? Welcome to a Japanese bathhouse
Before you enter the water, you must wash your body and hair thoroughly first — usually in a very public washing area. You will be naked. And do not ask for birch branches.