Between the Toes

When he was a young reporter, writing 

for the Straits Times on the Korean War, 

my brother-in-law was based in Japan.

His girlfriend, Itsuko by name, taught him 

certain refinements concerning hygiene 

that had not been part of his upbringing:

for example, to dry between his toes.

Sometimes I embarrass friends by asking 

if they include this in their own routine –

although that implies a further question: 

do they, in the first place, wash between them? 

Apparently not everybody does.