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... on costs. We were paying a pretty penny, so a little pampering was definitely expected ;)
For variety, we booked our stay at Yamamotoya on night 1 and Mikuniya for night 2.
So here's the deal. Kinosaki, with its pretty, willow-lined canal running through the center of town, boasts 7 unique onsen (soto-yu) for our relaxation, some with rotemburo (outdoor baths) and other specialty "rooms", like a frozen sauna (great after getting out of the ...
... and holding my little plastic toiletries bucket I headed through to the bath area, and tried to look cool. It was a bit ********sidering I stood out like a sore thumb. I just thank God that I'm not blonde. There were four rows of knee-high mirrors, long enough to have 2 shower hose-roses installed in a concrete block either side of the mirror. Several women were squatting or sitting on low green plastic stools in front of a shower hose-rose. ...
... and potatoes. Then we sampled a honey-butter roasted sweet potato cubes, and finally, we took time out to seat at shop specializing in rice (gohan). There was a small L-shaped counter in the back, which served rice-stuffed triangles (onigiri), only here could we find a bar specializing in onigiri -- a dish we only rarely see offered in any of our izakaya restaurants in L.A. Peter orderd the hicken and spicy ...
... rooms over which they cooked. The ceilings became very black from the smoke over time. The rooms in Japan are measured by tatami mats (6x 3 feet) which are rush mats woven from reeds. Since this banker was very rich, there was a very large room for a Buddhist alter. The best rooms always faced the garden. The windows were made from paper-shogi and the sliding doors from thick paper called fasuma. We saw hand warmer boxes in each room. There was a custom until 200 years ...
... know who they were and as they mainly spoke in Japanese I couldn:t understand what they were saying. I think it was the Secretary General of the UN that ended up speaking in English, thanking us for visiting Hiroshima and explaining that the people of Hiroshima welcomed visitors so that they could learn about the atrociaties of atomic weapons and become dedicated, like them, to achieving world peace and nuclear disarmourment. There was ...
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