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 know the word, acculturation?
Acculturation is the process of social, psychological, and cultural change that stems from blending between cultures.
A spa city near Los Angeles, Lake Elsinore has several hot spring facilities mainly maintained by Korean community.
I believe this place has a major role in acculturation among American people.
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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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What did influence the destiny of the town?
The West Coast is an area of high population density, and is located on the Ring of Fire, so that there are several spa cities nearby.
Meanwhile, there are places becoming a ghost town.
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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 only Japanese people enthusiastically love hot springs?
No, it is also applicable to Korean people.
In the United States, where accept diversity of ethnic groups, Korean community is one of the forces.
They maintain a hot spring with strong smell of hydrogen sulfide, which American people generally do not understand the value.
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