Friday, January 12, 2007

Onsen Onsen


Yep - once again - this is what I have to resort to for any kind of action around here. Sam and I had a short visit to Kumamoto City and relaxed at an onsen (which apparently is popular with pigs, too?). If you don't know what an onsen is, click on the title above. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, lemme "wet" your appetite: think hot, naked, clean fun. OK, well maybe not "FUN" fun, but it's definitely relaxing. And yes, I know some of you dirty little minds are wondering if any of the onsens are mixed - I've heard of them, but all the ones I've been to have separate areas for men and women. But I'll keep lookin... ;)

5 comments:

Boots said...

Wet, Hot, Naked...sounds great. I seem to remember a place like that. Hope this one was as much fun. But then, how could it be without the back of the bus crew.

Tracey Petruff said...

Yeah - and I've actually ridden by that ryokan/onsen with my bike group. The Kumamoto ones were really nice - very natural with rocks and trees...but I only saw the women's side this time :)

Cara said...

Love the pig!!
Do all the onsens have different themes / mascots? :)

Tracey Petruff said...

I don't know - but maybe I can get a grant from the government to go around Japan and do some research on this topic...

Tracey Petruff said...

However, it's been my experience that the Japanese frequently put up some wood or stone monument to some random creature at even more random sites. For instance, there's a stone huge toad by Todoroki Falls here (I was dared to kiss it, but the camera phone didn't work-next time, though!). It, as most things are here, is still a mystery to me!