Rugby World Cup is being held in Japan right now, causing many incidents between foreign visitors and players and Japanese people.
The most recent one was brought to light by English player, Joe Marler, he says that while in Kobe, the national team and members of the English press shared a bath in an onsen (traditional hot springs where bathers are mostly naked and handed a small towel in case of needing one), the latter “offended Japanese culture” by wearing trunks.
He scolded the journalists for failing to strip down and following the protocol held by all the onsen goers. “It says specifically no shorts — I wore a vest to cover my tatts and socks, but nothing here.” He continued, “Because I didn’t want to offend them. And yet you’re swanning about the place in swim shorts — it’s ridiculous!”
The comments resonated in social media, with Japanese users sharing sour experiences of gaijin (foreigners) failing to follow social norms in onsen or otherwise, complaining about how gaijin “can’t read the air” (being aware of the situation/context) and “gaijin smashing” through without a care for others.
Are you afraid of nudity? Do you not care about local customs when visiting a foreign country?