My father and mother took me out of an infant facility and brought me up. They are so-called foster-parents to me. There were plenty of new things at home that amazed me as I was there up to 5 years of age. One of them was the time together with my parents in Ofuro. At the infant facility, I almost haven't had no chance to see naked bodies of grown-ups since staff members at the facility wore their clothes on when they bathed me, which is usually the case. Bathing together with the parents to me was some kind of a symbolic event. I still have a clear memory of taking a bath together..... it was somehow an embarrassing moment, and I almost felt like running away from the spot.
My parents sang a song for me in Ofuro, or played splashing around with hot water in the tub. Thanks to the fun, I began to like enjoying Ofuro a lot and I took it as one of my favorite time. My mother washed/rinsed me thoroughly. Needless to say, staff members at the facility did the same for me, but the way my parents did was, I would say, "the tender loving care". That's exceptionally careful and minute, and somehow heart-warming. I felt sufficiently enough that I was being well taken care of. I often burst into laughter when I was tickled by my parents, and then they laughed at me in turn while they enjoyed my laughing. The time in Ofuro is still alive in my heart as one of my enjoyable memories, as equivalent as the time we went out for a pleasure trip afar.....or maybe I can say Ofuro time was even more fun.
"Hadakano-Tsukiai" (or Naked relationship), the word, to me, it rather implies touching a deep love more than being close. Well, look at me, I now have my own small child, and it's my turn to wash my little one with the same tender care I was given from my parents. She is giving back the same big laughter to me as I did to them.
(Note): It's not uncommon in Japan to take a bath for parent(s) and small
child(ren) together. It's considred to be a part of excellent communication tools.