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Mark cap­tures the spirit of the on­sen in The Way of the Ja­panese Bath (p.164)

Where are you go­ing next?

The next stop is Kita On­sen to con­tinue my hot spring se­ries, then back to LA, then Europe to teach a se­ries of work­shops.

What’s in your carry-on?

Cam­era equip­ment and a 13-inch Mac­book Pro al­ways. Also Bose ear-cov­er­ing noise­can­celling head­phones so I can take a break and watch some films. They are white and blue—i’ve left too many black head­phones on planes.

How do you beat jet lag?

Wher­ever I am, that’s the only time that ex­ists. I will never say, “Oh, my body is on this time.” I might take a quick nap when I ar­rive but will im­me­di­ately try to get into the rou­tine of the lo­cal time. I be­lieve tak­ing a bath—it doesn’t have to be a hot spring—is a great way to re­set your in­ter­nal clock.

What’s your most trea­sured pos­ses­sion?

I have a large an­ti­quar­ian book col­lec­tion but would be hard-pressed to sin­gle out just one. A book on the 1936 Olympics with stereo­graphic im­ages and a spe­cial viewer in­serted into the cover is pretty spe­cial.

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