2011年7月28日木曜日

so, you've got no hot water...

Say you wake up one (work) morning and your hot water service is on the blink. No hot water at all and you want to have a shower. What would you do?

a) borrow the shower of a friend who lives three doors up and you know won't object.

b) get in your car, drive 10 minutes down the mountain, pay 400 yen and use the village onsen (read public bath with onsen water- nothing fancy).

Me I would definitely be the a option. And I probably wouldn't even call first so you could hide your dandruff shampoo and put down a new bathmat. Heck, I'd probably even forget a towel and borrow one of those, too. And I'd have to do it sneakily as I wouldn't realise I'd forgot the towel until after I finished my shower and was standing on your bathmat dripping. If I called out then you'd be sure not to hear me and then you'd stick your head tentatively around the door to see what I wanted and ehhhhhh!!!!

K? B. That's b with a capital B. K would absolutely under no circumstances borrow his neighbour's shower. And I was throwing all sorts of circumstances at him- the local onsen is closed, you have a big presentation on at work, the road to the big onsen has been taken out by a landslide and it's winter so you don't want to just use cold water. Even then???

Apparently even then. Wow.

Oh and just so you're not losing sleep worrying- our hot water service is fine, it's not cold outside and there are no local landslides (that I know of anyway).

We did however have a visitor this morning who left looking a little more polished and spiffy than when she arrived.

4 件のコメント:

j. さんのコメント...

option a, all the way.

but i imagine the majority of japanese people would choose b, even in the winter, even at the threat of landslides and closed sentos. oh japan... :P

Helen さんのコメント...

I have done option A by the way! In Otaru, my next door neighbour was my co-worker and I froze my waterpipes one winter, so asked to borrow his shower before work.

He left for work (a very trusting soul he was!) and I showered. I had brought my own towel and soap and shampoo. I just didn't count on the fact that I'd have to clean the hair out of his drain first. Yuck!

Still, I got clean and after two days of no showering, it felt amazing!

My water was fixed later that day, so there were no repeats, thankfully!

Gina さんのコメント...

I'd choose option A. But Noboru would most definitely choose option B.

achan さんのコメント...

I'd choose C no shower. Our hot water system blew up about 2 months ago. We had already ordered our new one and had to wait one week for it's delivery. Hubby had cold showers for 3 days, I boiled water on the stove for the kids for a 10 cm bath and I did without. Finally headed to the sento to find out they had a problem and couldn't heat the water to 40 C so wouldn't let anyone in (health hazard). Finally day 4 we had a bath but I didn't feel any cleaner :(