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... describing "scenes of everyday live". Now I venture to the towns outskirts to see a ceiling painting by the master. I stop in the way for some delicious sashimi of mystery fish and a delightful chat with a pensioner couple who ask about my opinion concerning a possible Scottish independence. Typical small talk in rural Japan these days. He says he's from Karuizawa and I try to show off with my knowledge (of course) that the present emperor met his wife there playing tennis and all ...
... have an onsen, effectively a hot tub. The hot water comes from natural hot springs. Our ryokan has several onsens, public and private. If you go public, women are in one and men in another and of course you are naked. John and I decided to go private this time. There may be other times when we don’t have the choice!
There is very strict etiquette to be followed when using an onsen. Firstly you must wash yourself down with soap and water, ...
... the sashimi after sushi for breakfast and lunch. Too much food but manageable, I didn't reckon with the cold soup, salted fish, miso, udon, rice, sorbet - we were nine courses in all - each of them a nice plate in itself. We finally had to admit defeat.
The next morning the men and boys headed down to the larger baths we had the night before (they are on a rotating schedule) . The boys were a bit unsure about walking through the hotel in a robe and ...
... and games.
Ryokan - a type of Japanese inn similar to a bed-and-breakfast with communal baths and other areas. Rooms are tatami matted and sleeping is done on provided futon mats on the tatami floor.
Onsen - a communal hot spring bath facility.
Yukata - a casual summer kimono.
Geta - a traditional Japanese footwear. They are a kind of slipper with an elevated wooden base.
Good now we have the knowledge out of the way let's continue. I made ...
Wednesday, June 19th: Was going to head to Matsumoto castle today. But due to me having a headache all morning, along with all the heavy rain, we did not go. It is our last day in Nagano, but there will be other castles we can see that are hopefully just as good. The evening was quite relaxed. Almost everyone was in the kitchen/dining area, sharing snacks and talking about our experiences and our own countries. Having been only 4 guests at the hostel last night, ...
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