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Onsen of Nikko

onsen nikko(watermark)

Finally had some time to dig through some of my favorite onsen, so I posted this one.  No, I didn’t write the name.  I am not an onsen advert service.  Names and things pertaining to location and what not I write about in my book, and soon to be second edition.

The feature about this onsen I wanted to explain is the cypress wood and stone bottom.  What a lot of people aren’t aware of is that cypress is extremely slipper when wet, so I was really happy to see green carpet around the sides – excellent safety measure. 

After soaking for a few minutes it’s good to get up and walk around a bit in order to cool down.  This veranda was huge, which offered a small piece of beautiful nature, like this tree.  It’s good to appreciate the little things.

vista

The simple pleasure of a simple tree from a simple minded Japan(ist).  Wood, earth, water, sky.  A lovely balance.

4 comments:

  1. "Wood, earth, water, sky. A lovely balance." - and also a bit of privacy, so the people in the rabbit hutches next door can't see in...

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  2. Hey Peter!

    Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, from the mens side, the rabbit hutches offer no privacy at all. Womens side is more private.

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  3. I've read a number of your posts on onsen and am fascinated by the concept of public baths. I have to admit that the concept makes me very uncomfortable. That's not to say I wouldn't do it - I just would do it with fear and trepidation.

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  4. Hi Ali,

    Thanks for posting. Bathing in the nude around total strangers takes a bit of getting used to because Western society has taught us to hide our natural bodys. What I try to imagine is that onsen are natural, nudity is also natural, and so is nature. Your fear is cultural based.

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