|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Stripping back to bare facts and naked truths about neo-nudism in Japan 2006,08,03
AERA 8/7 By Ryann Connell
Yasuyo works from home as an IT consultant, going out only when she has to give a presentation or attend a meeting.
She punctuates her work with some vacuuming, cleaning and preparing meals.
It's a life like any other woman, except as AERA (8/7) notes, Yasuyo does everything in the nude.
Yasuyo is one of Japan's growing throng of neo-nudists, or newdists, if you will.
The nudist boom is being buffered by more celebrities revealing they spend much of their private lives in their birthday suits, the emergence of Ekoda-chan, a popular manga character whose entire family goes naked to save on energy costs, and the mixi SNS, which has over 1,000 members of its "naked families" group.
"I take off my panties and strip fully nude, which unconsciously seems to bring me closer to what I'm really feeling, which in turn makes me feel like I'm going to come up with productive thoughts," Yasuyo tells AERA.
Earlier this year, a Californian IT company conducted a worldwide survey, finding that about 10 percent of men and women who worked from home did so while naked.
And Japanese nudists are catching on, like Satoshi, who runs an IT company.
"I'm more creative when I'm naked," he says.
"When work is really pressuring me, I head out naked onto my verandah and gaze out into the distance while I think. Nakedness gives you a liberating feeling you couldn't possibly expect to find in a corporate atmosphere and I think there have been many occasions when it has directed me toward arriving at a decent business plan."
Yu Natsumi, author of "Nuudo Raifu he no Shotai (Invitation to a Nude Life)," and her family have been living a naturalist's lifestyle for the past 20 years.
She implores potential "newdists" to try out nudity as a way to, well, buff up character.
"It can turn introverts into positive thinkers," she says.
"Go to a nudist beach overseas and there are all types there. By getting nude with them, all your complexes are openly accepted and it feels like you are freed by the experience. If you're nude every day, you're being yourself in the rawest possible form and that seems to make communication smoother."
Shrink Rie Ueki is not surprised.
"Going nude is the most effective way to create a successful work routine.Especially for those doing creative work, there's a need at times to re-think the way you interpret things and stripping everything off can be a good start toward achieving that," the psychologist tells AERA.
"Being naked is thrilling and that stimulation can spark all sorts of good ideas." (By Ryann Connell)
August 3, 2006