I realized that somewhere between pool #7 and pool #10 I'd forgotten I was naked. I was just a body among bodies. Big bodies, trim bodies, 30-something to 70-something bodies. Nothing special. No shame, no glory. No big deal.
Odaiba on the other side of Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge is an island of food and fun with the added perk of great views of the city, including Tokyo Tower and Sky Tree. But for Japan Fan Boys and Fan Girls, there's way more to it than that.
Used to be if you wanted to soak in a natural hot springs, you had to stumble onto one. Now, thanks to the internet and a spate of books overflowing with directions to these little-known springs, it's quite doable to plan.
'Tis the time of the year to reflect and project. I'm going to take my cue from the most famous management theorist of all time, Peter Drucker, adopt two practices into my professional and personal life.
I encourage everyone, no matter what part of these United States you live in (or even if you live elsewhere), to take a "trip out West" at some point in your life. Get in a car, and go explore everything west of Denver.