Travel Blogs from Shirahama-cho
... there was a knock on our door, and an attendant in a kimono bowed to us, then came in, bowed several more times and served us tea and snacks. She also brought kimonos to fit each of us (a 3 XL for Scot), so we could head to the onsen to soak in the special hot spring water next to the ocean.
Keely noticed that we had an interesting view from our window. As we could see three men enjoying the outdoor onsen, in all of their splendor. Scot noted the visibility ...
... on a limited basis, until shortly after WW1, when the military component of the country began to assert itself much more strongly. This ultimately led to a very aggressive military campaign by the Japanese to dramatically expand their territory, with the ill-fated attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The major cities and the entire country were bombed unmercifully during the ensuing four years, culminating with the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Given ...
... lose perspective.
They did provide us with a translation of the dharma used for the service, and it focused on the pursuit and attainment of perfect wisdom, which is said to cast out all fear (Biblical) as well as to remove desire, greed and material needs from one’s life. One of the interesting phrases they included was “in matter there is emptiness, and in emptiness there is matter”. They encourage their worshippers to ...
... ark, except our thrill wasnt accompanied by a pit of snakes. Anyway, after an arduous two day walk we had reached our goal. We rounded the corner and saw... a JCB digging a big hole in front of a hut. "Is this it?" we cried out in disbelief. Unfortunately,it was it. The grand shrine turned out to be a small hut with a shiny new hole in front of it.
After that anticlimax,I can't say that we achieved enlightenment, but it certainly was a nice walk.
... really like the Japanese style rooms, very cozy and a good use of space! The highlight of the house was of course the onsen, or Japanese-style bath. When you walk in the door of the house, you are greeted with the sulphuric smell of volcanic hot springs - every house in the village has its own onsen fed directly from the hot springs! We made use of it that night. Onsens involve a wash first with the shower, then hopping into the spa once clean. ...
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