1/03/2009

Hot Spring Onsen

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Hot springs are one of the great joys of life in Japan!

ONSEN 温泉 . おんせん

Here are some photos of our travels.


Osorezan, Shimokita hantoo



Osorezan, in the hot spring

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Furo Fushi ... No Old Age, No Death

Furo Fushi Hot spring Onsen by the seaside

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the best way
to a long life ...
my life in Japan


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A hot waterfall at Kawaharage



Kawaharage hot spring in cliffs

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hot waterfall
in the middle of nowhere ...
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Magoroku Onsen
by the raging river

magoroku onsen hot spring


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温泉猿 Monkeys sitting in the Hot Springs !

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Monkey Business in Hot Water

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Areas of Japan where hot water and steam are coming out of the ground are often called "hell" jigoku 地獄.
Some onsen villages even have a special deity to protect their area,
Jigoku Myoojin ”地獄明神”(Jigoku Myojin).

Myoojin no yu 明神の湯 Hot Spring of Myojin
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Others have a statue of Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of healing, onsen Yakushi 温泉薬師.
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子どもらが雪喰ながら湯治かな
kodomora ga yuki kui nagara tooji kana

children eat snow
soaking
in the hot spring


Kobayashi Issa at Yudanaka 湯田中温泉
Tr. David Lanoue

Issa often visited this hot spring near to his home, sometimes making it a long stay (tooji). He even wrote a "Hot Spring Diary" onsen no ki 温泉の記 in the year 文政5年 (1822).


貧しきものゝ子をやしなふには、湯のわく所にしくはあらじ。夜のほのぼの明て、烏の声と等しくがば(と)起て、十ばかりなる児の頭として、兄は弟を負ひ、姉は妹を抱きつゝ、素足にて門を出れば、それに引つゞきて迹からも其迹からも走り走りて、湯桁にとび入りつゝ、今玄冬素雪のころさへ丸裸にて狂ひ育ちにそだつ物から、おのづから病なく、ふとくたくましく見ゆ。さるから其親其親の衣着せる思ひもうすかるべし.

source : michiko328

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Hot Springs called DARUMA

WASHOKU
Onsen Tamago 温泉卵 eggs boiled in onsen water



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3 comments:

Gabi Greve - Basho archives said...

Matsuo Basho at Yamanaka Hot Spring - Oku no Hosomichi

湯の名残り幾度見るや霧のもと
yu no nagori iku tabi miru ya kiri no moto

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湯の名残り今宵は肌の寒からん
湯の名残今宵は肌の寒からむ
yu no nagori koyoi wa hada no samukaran

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Gabi Greve - Basho archives said...

Matsuo Basho at Nasu - Oku no Hosomichi

湯をむすぶ誓ひも同じ石清水
yu o musubu chikai mo onaji iwashimizu


to be bound
by the same pledge
with Iwashimizu

Tr. Gabi Greve

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Gabi Greve - Masaoka Shiki said...

Masaoka Shiki

寒けれど酒もあり温泉もある処
samukeredo sake mo ari yu mo aru tokoro

It is cold, but
we have sake
and the hot spring