a The Transit Lounge: Onsen...mmm!

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Friday, December 11


Found this little video I took in late April, during a trip to Kamikochi in the Japanese Alps of Nagano. Kamikochi is closed from November to mid-April each year, as the winter makes the area impenetrable - still there was so much snow around!

Not many people outside of Japan know what bathing in onsen (hot springs) is all about (for more information, here is an article I wrote for Kansai Scene on the whole deal). Yes you do have to nude up and no, it isn't all that bad. Since nobody else was around, I took the opportunity to film the inner workings. This one is pretty standard, but all onsen differ. Some are much smaller, some are much larger and some onsen are housed in fully-fledged bathing complexes with dozens upon dozens of pools all offering up different health benefits. But all are awesome. To any gaijin in Japan who has not yet indulged, get over it, nobody is looking and no-one cares. Jump in and enjoy!!

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