Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Globetrott­ers | Roving Eye -

“This is the first bath I ex­pe­ri­enced,” Har­ris says of this on­sen in Beppu, “and the one that put me on a path to be­com­ing a full-fledged ofuro (bath)-aholic.” The wa­ters of some geo­ther­mal springs are be­lieved to have heal­ing power. Cas­cade bathing, too, is con­sid­ered ben­e­fi­cial to the body. “Bathing for clean­ing is not prac­tised in Ja­pan,” Har­ris ex­plains. “Soap is never brought into a bath, be it a com­mu­nal bath or at home. Wash­ing is done be­fore go­ing into the bath for a soak and then of­ten fol­lowed by a thor­ough rins­ing and sham­poo­ing.” The on­sen ex­pe­ri­ence is one of holis­tic pu­rifi­ca­tion, so­cial­i­sa­tion and re­lax­ation.

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