And now for something different…A nice hot bath

15 12 2008

One of the things that are loved in Japan, besides food and kawaii things are Onsens. With the weather turned cold as it is here and yes there are places in California that have snow…

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Near Sacramento

and here:

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Going to Lake Tahoe

a nice hot Japanese bath sounds wonderful. Even more so when one gets the feeling of a cold trying to sneak into the body, like I’m feeling now.

I was always a shower person until I went to Japan. The Baths are wonderful, even in the house. The tubs are deep you can completley cover in water. Unlike here where something always is sticking out, there you can submerge…ahhhhh.

The house baths are even high tech. You get a sound/voice notice when the water is the right temp and it will stay that way with automatic top offs..nice. Very nice!

Taking a bath in Japan is not about just getting clean it is about the bath experience! You wash/shower clean before you get in the tub.  That way the water stays clean and several family members can bathe after one another.  There are problems with the hot bath though. Elderly tend to have heart attacks because of the hot hot water, not alot but enough…

I can not stand the water as hot as a  Nihon-jin but I do like it fairly hot, but cool enough to get in with-out burning certain parts…guys you know what I mean.

This post is not about in-house baths but about outside baths. In my younger hippie days I recall going to Mammoth mtn with some friends and hiking in the snow up to a hot springs. Once there we drank Oj and Tequila and sat in the Hot springs and did the Japanese style Onsen bath. ahhhhh

Then on my first trip to Japan I came across these red butt and faced monkeys who loved to bath. Today while surfing the WordPress tags I came across this article, which brought all those memories back, not only of Japan baths but of outdoor hotsprings…

The Japanese snow monkeys who enjoy nothing

more than a hot bath

By Hugo Daniel

Most monkeys are happy swinging in the trees of tropical jungles but from the look on the face of this one there is nothing like indulging in a hot bath after a long day.

These incredible pictures are of Japanese macaques relaxing in a hot spring in Yamanouchi, central Japan.

Nicknamed the snow monkey, the cheeky-looking animals live a much chillier existence than their tropical cousins and they appear to like nothing better than keeping warm in steaming-hot pools such as this one.

A Japanese monkey looks extremely relaxed in a hot spring in the ski resort town of Yamanouchi

Just the ticket: A Japanese monkey looks extremely relaxed in a hot spring in the ski resort town of Yamanouchi

The monkeys close their eyes as they soak up the steam from the spring

Monkeying around: The monkeys close their eyes as they soak up the steam from the spring

The inviting-looking spring is in a ski resort town and from the incredibly human-like expressions on their faces they could almost be a group of tourists enjoying a relaxing break.

In the pictures the red-faced monkeys, who are covered in bushy brown fur, cling to rocks as they soak themselves in the warm bath with one looking so relaxed he looks as if he’s yawning.

The monkeys in the hot spring in snow-covered surroundings

Welcome winter warmth: The monkeys enjoy the hot spring in their snow-covered surroundings

The snow monkeys are the most northerly non-human primate in the world.

Sensibly they spend the winter – when temperatures drop to below freezing and snow covers their habitat  – warming up in the volcanic hot springs.

A young monkey plays with one of its elders in the hot spring

Freezing fun: A young monkey plays with one of its elders in the hot spring

I'm so relaxed! One of the monkeys yawns as it enjoys the hot spring with snow falling on its face

I’m so relaxed! One of the monkeys yawns as it enjoys the hot spring with snow falling on its face.

Zen: ikitai!!

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2 responses

16 12 2008
Rick Matz

They look so blissful!

19 12 2008
James

Thanks for posting these. They are so aborable!!! They look like humans enjoying a jacuzzi. Is it any wonder that we are descendants from the monkeys and great apes?

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