Steam, onsen, & outdoor baths
So, I love onsens. I don't understand people who don't. What is not to love about warm water, wet saunas, dry saunas, and relaxing in a hot tub under the stars. Especially since everyone doesn't have clothes on or even swimsuits on, everyone is on the same playing field. No need for jealousy of that swimsuit brand or those pair of shoes. The only sound is the sound of the bubbles in the water and the steam in the air, with an occasional smell of herbal water or Lavender infused sauna steam. Even the monkeys agree with me.
This is of Reiko, who invited me and Akihiro on Sunday to Isawa Kenko land. It is also a hotel like many onsens. So we were having breakfast together at the hotel after our onsen experience. Here was the most unique experience I've had at these baths, there were so many different scents and kinds of baths it took about an hour or so for us to even try all of them. The most remarkable one I remember was a bath were you laid flat in a hot tub shaped like a recliner, and every few days they changed the scents that were put into the water, so next to the title of the bath is a calendar of when each scents were used in the bathwater. While we were there they were using loquat leaves in the water; the next morning it was blueberry (and the water was actually blue). Usually the temperature of the water is about 40°C. The other bath that caught my attention was one that looked like milk. There was actually some sort of bubble making machine in the water that made what they call nano bubbles where the bubbles are so small it turns the clear water into a milky looking substance, but it is still just water and bubbles. Apparently it's good for your skin, like the Asian people need help with that. They all look like they're teenagers. Maybe it's all because of the nano bubbles.