Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ashi-yu (Gesundheit!)

So days here in Japan can be cold and lonely sometimes, but other times they really make me smile. My crazy Isahaya mates probably help, too. Here we are at the "ashi-yu" or as the sign boldly said in English "leg bath". In Japanese, there's no distinction between the leg and foot. Which is maybe why they don't have football here, eh? Never thought of it that way. Anyway. We came upon this after visiting the Umijigoku in Beppu, and had to try it - especially with all those weird grapefruit-looking things floating around.

So the water was steamy, and...what ARE these things, and why are they floating here anyway? We never did get a straight answer, but they seemed to perfume the air nicely.

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