Whose is the phrase, enduring the unendurable?
Indeed this is from broadcast of the voice of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, at the end of World War II.
However, it is not well known fact that a Zen Buddhist, Gempo Yamamoto suggested to use this phrase, and the emperor as a symbol of unity of the people.
His life started from this hot spring inn.
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Do you think the newest thing is the best?
A hot spring continues gushing for a long time, so that the facility often looks worn out.
Sometimes it has an interesting flavor.
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Do you know Peat Springs?
This means hot springs containing organic substance derived from plants, but it is not an official term.
However, if you trace the roots, surprisingly, you will reach the Napoleonic Wars.
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Why is a hot spring hot?
If it is in volcanic areas, you may imagine that the magma body heats underground water.
However, it cannot explain scalding hot water gushing in the area where there are no active volcanos nearby.
In fact, movements of plates of the earth create some hot springs.
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What is the relationship between hot springs and industry?
Iwaki-shi in Fukushima prefecture has been at the mercy of the energy industry.
In ancient times, the city experienced ebb and flow of a coal mine, and today suffers from the reputational damage of the serious accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
It is no coincidence that there are great hot springs in such city.
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Do better-known hot springs provide better water?
Dogo Onsen is famous for being counted as Three Ancient Springs.
However, the amount of water is not so sufficient that you can hardly find free-flowing springs.
Let us think about today’s Three Ancient Springs at Hotel Kowakuen.
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Is it difficult for a large-seized hotel to have good hot springs?
Indeed, it is usually true, so that small motels with hot springs often provide their water in a better condition.
However, there are some exceptions:
Izura in Ibaragi is one of the most important places for Japanese modern art, and is famous for its beautiful scenery.
In a large-sized hotel at such tourist spot, there is a great hot spring with characteristic smell.
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Why do you feel good when you are in open-air baths?
An open-air bath is almost the only place where you can be naked in outdoor.
Getting naked, you will realize the changing seasons in perfect harmony with nature.
There is a hot spring where you can see light of fireflies around rainy season.
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When are hot springs forced to close?
It is sorry to see favorite hot springs shut down, but I have experienced such farewells several times.
More and more hot springs are facing difficulties in changing in times.
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Do you associate Yoshino in Nara with the cherry blossom viewing?
300 years ago, Mt. Yoshino was also a training site for ascetic pilgrims.
There remains a historical hot spring, where some of them debauched around the water.
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