Am I supposed to be naked?
A commissioned piece on communal bathing for The Flash Pack.
'It takes a certain kind of bravery to swing open the door of your changing room cubicle completely starkers.
This bravery must become foolhardiness when you’re in a country where you don’t speak the language, can’t understand the signs and have the ominous feeling that what you’re about to do could be so culturally insensitive that you’ll be arrested. So it was for me in Japan.
“You should go to a sento,” said my friend, a Tokyo native. When I asked what they were, her reply was… not entirely enticing. “Like a giant bath, but with people you don’t know.”'