Ever since I arrived in Japan, one of my goals has been to visit an onsen, or Japanese hot spring. I often regaled my students with tales of my beloved Miette Hot Springs back home, so I was quite often given recommendations as to nearby places to visit. (Although one student advised me that the better ones are up north in Hokkaido.) So, when one of my fellow foreign teachers started putting a day at an onsen together for the entire staff, I readily signed on board. But, there was one thing holding me back. There was one tiny thing giving me a slight reservation about going along. For you see, tradition dictates that one goes into an onsen naked.