CLEANS­ING BODY AND SOUL

Singapore Tatler - - FEATURES -

“Given its ge­o­log­i­cal and geo­ther­mal na­ture, Japan has a rich tra­di­tion of on­sens (hot springs), count­ing some 20,000,” travel pho­tog­ra­pher Mark Ed­ward Har­ris says. “Over the cen­turies, they have come to sig­nify a way of life. They are Mec­cas, a place to bathe not only the body but also the soul.” Here, the pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tured a lone­some bather in an on­sen in Beppu, a town of­ten shrouded in geo­ther­mal mist on the south­ern is­land of Kyushu. “I had my first Ja­panese bath ex­pe­ri­ence here in the 1990s,” Har­ris re­calls. “I still find the mag­i­cal waters an end­less source of both vis­ual and vis­ceral plea­sure.”

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