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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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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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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Do you think it necessary to go far from town, in order to find good hot springs?
Actually, in Japan, it often happens that high-quality hot springs gush out from urban area.
In my opinion, it is no coincidence that two major cities in Japan, Tokyo and Osaka have great hot springs.
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Do you know real Arima Onsen?
Arima is counted among Thee Ancient Springs and is near big cities like Osaka and Kobe so some of you may have been there.
However, this historical spa city is facing depletion of the water; therefore, there are few inns providing real spring water that is not artificially processed.
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