|After settling down I sat down with a hot tea by the window and took in the snowy views.|
Let me digress a little. Japanese girls hate it when their boyfriends wipe their faces with hot face towels. They think it's so oyaji(ish). Another mind numbingly stupid hang up of young Japanese women. Oyaji is a derogative term for old Japanese men. Personally, I think it feels great when I wipe my face and hands with a hot face towel, especially after being outside all day in the icy cold winter air. It's refreshing. Another note, this was one of the best experiences I ever had at an onsen. I sang and drank on the house all night. I got completely hammered from all of the nihonshu and hospitality given to me. It was amazing. I met people who were from all over Ninohe and Hanamaki; we all sang together in the snack bar in the hotel. I especially enjoyed my servers and the Jukujo housekeepers.
After check-in I headed out to the open air bath and the first thing that caught my eye was this bonsai looking tree from the bath. The ropes around it are used to support the branches in the winter so that they do not loose their form.
The single pot bath is always nice, too. Especially in the early afternoon. The single pot bath allows you to hang both of your legs, head, and arms over the edges while you submerse the rest of your body. Yes. I can fit into one of these.