Onsen Decorum For First-Timers | Clozette

Aside from the colourful street style and pop culture we know Japan for, the island nation is also visited for the variety of wellness practices and experiences it offers. One of the more popular ones are onsens, better known as Japanese hot springs. Known not only for its therapeutic effects but also for medicinal benefits for the mind and body, onsens can be found in almost every region and city in Japan — and there's no on- or off-season. Some even enjoy it most during winter because the soothing heat provides a great match against the freezing weather. 

While it seems like a promising activity for many first-timers, there are still a lot of questions surrounding an onsen experience. After all, not all foreigners are accustomed to the idea of a public bath. If you're a first-timer, fret not. Here are some guidelines to make the most out of your onsen experience.

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Yes, you have to dip in naked

Probably the top question every onsen first-timer asks on every travel forum is whether or not you can sport a swimsuit in a public onsen. The general answer is no. You have to remember that onsens are baths and not swimming pools. Its main purpose is to let the water soothe and cleanse your body. If you're scared of the thought of walking all over the place naked, don't be; public bathhouses provide small towels to help you cover up your privates as you walk to the water.  However, remember to not dip these towels in the water but rather place them on your head/wrap them over your hair. You can unravel it again when you're ready to rise from the water. 

The discussion on tattoos is also still a bit unclear because of the body art's cultural implications. It depends on the onsen owners whether they allow this or not. Ryokans (onsens with the option for lodging), as well as hotels in some areas, have already relaxed their rules on these. It's best to check first. Booking a private onsen is also an option if you're iffy to go naked around strangers or don't want the hassle of searching for a place that allows tattoos. 

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Rinse before you swoop in

While it is a bath, doing some primary cleansing before entering the hot spring should still be practised. Not only do you want to slough off excess dirt and grime with soap and water because you can't do so in the onsen itself, but cleaner and refreshed skin also takes in more of the therapeutic properties of the water. Make sure you also head to the restroom prior to entering the onsen because not all facilities have one in the changing room near the onsen.

Keep your hair out of the water

Since onsens are public places, cleanliness should be prioritised. Therefore, you should never keep your hair loose when you dip in the water. Make use of the towel provided to keep your hair at bay or hold it up in a bun to make sure there won't be any strays left in the water. It's also discouraged to dunk your face in the water for this reason as well as to avoid your natural face oils to mix with the water. 

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Maintain a peaceful atmosphere

While relaxing on your own is ideal, it's also fun to tag some friends or family along to share the onsen experience. But while chilling with your best buds in the water is a thrilling bonding moment, chatting loudly is definitely unacceptable. Bringing other items like books or food or shampoo and soap is also prohibited because these might contaminate the water. And of course, no photo-taking either for the privacy of the other people in the area. 

Now that you have this covered, here are some onsens you can visit with an amazing view of Mount Fuji!



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It’s the start of another month! The spooky season is finally ending and this means we can finally focus on the upcoming holiday season. We know you’re excited for all the festive gifts and holiday trips the season will bring about, so we’re giving you more to look forward to. From HBO working on a new Game of Thrones prequel titled House of the Dragon to the launch of Alber Elbaz x Tod’s Happy Moments Collection — here are the latest bites you’ll be hyped to hear.

Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, gets an HBO series order

After deciding to cancel their initial Naomi Watts-led prequel, HBO announces a different one set in Westeros. Called the House of the Dragon, the upcoming series will focus on the House of Targaryen. The Game of Thrones prequel is rumoured to be set 300 years before the events that transpired in the series and will show the origins of the house. Like the original series, this 10-episode project will be based on George R.R. Martin’s book; this time, Fire & Blood. Excited? Let’s hope this one will do better justice to the lore of the books.

Jennifer Aniston hints at another Friends reunion

Keeping her fans guessing seems to be one of Jennifer Aniston’s mission in life this week. During an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show last Monday, the actress spilled that she and the other Friends cast are “working on something”. Then, when she guested on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she hinted on the secret project again but remained tight-lipped on the juicy details. But, sorry die-hard fans, it won’t be a reboot — she made that clear, and so have the rest of the cast in the past. While no one knows yet for sure what’s in store for us, we can’t help but feel so excited to see the gang together again. Would it be a vlog, a movie, or a wholly different series? What do you think?

Support women’s rights at NomadX with Marymond By Peapods this weekend

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Now that you've had your fill of entertainment bites, what’s the sitch in the world of fashion? If you’re looking to do something fun yet meaningful this weekend, head off to NomadX Connect on NomadX Level 3. Check out the Marymond By Peapods products adorned by artworks of female survivors of World War II and spend an afternoon packed with enjoyable activities this 2 November from 12PM to 6PM. Aside from getting your much-needed retail therapy guilt-free with all the exclusive discounts, you’ll also get to support women’s rights and the victims of the war. 

10 iconic “Singapore Story” dresses are up for grabs

Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre (TaF.tc)’s inaugural TENCEL Fashion Design Competition started with more than 150 designers who took up the challenge to show their creativity and skills by designing a dress inspired by the theme “Singapore Story”. Now, the competition is nearing the Grand Finale, to be held at Design Orchard this 14 November. At this point of the competition, the 10 finalists are now looking to the fashion mavens of Singapore for support as they make their iconic designs available to the public. The finalist whose dress obtains 20 pre-orders will get their first taste as a fashion entrepreneur, with their creation produced and delivered to buyers. Support your homegrown artists and grab their dresses starting from SGD80 here.

Alber Elbaz x Tod’s Happy Moments Collection is finally in the PH

The launch of Alber Elbaz x Tod’s Happy Moments Collection and the announcement of the new Game of Thrones Prequel are just some of the latest news this week.

Those in the Philippines who want to do their holiday shopping a bit early to avoid the impending Christmas rush can check out the latest collections from Tod's at Greenbelt 4, Rustan’s Shangri-La, and Shangri-La Plaza. Aside from their latest Fall/Winter 2019 Collection, Tod’s has launched their Happy Moments Collection in collaboration with Alber Elbaz in the Philippines. The Israeli fashion designer gave his own spin to the Tod’s DNA with this capsule collection by giving them a bright, modern look. His fresh and energising designs attempt to illustrate and inspire life’s happiness. 

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