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エイリアン、地球を行く

Alien, the traveler on the earth

Yubatake (Hot spring field), Kusatsu, Gunma, Japan

Well...It's me, Alien. 

 

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At the Yubatake (Hot spring field). 

 

 

 

Alien went to the Kusatsu onsen (Kusatsu Hotspring). 

The Yubatake was invented to cool the source of hot spring down. This is a unique culture in this area.  

 

 

 

 

The amout of hot spring water was huge. It was like a fall.  

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Phew...that stinks. 

This area was full of sulfur smell. Alien got used to it in an hour though. 

 

 

 

 

 

Alien walked around the Yubatake area.  

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Alien found a nice gate. 

 

 

It was a cafe with a foot bath. 

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Customers can have a drink and take a foot bath. 

Alien's legs didn't reach the foot bath, but Alien didn't mind. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's go to the Yumomi show! Yumomi is a traditional way to cool down hot spring water.  

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500yen (about $5) for entrance. 

 

 

 

Alien watched a traditional dance.  

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And Yumomi! 

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They were cooling down hot spring wather by stirring the water with the large wooden paddles. They were singing a local folk song.

 

With this method, people can take a bath without diluting the source of hot spring.  The source of Kusatsu hot spring is very hot. 

 

 

 

 

 

Toursits can join Yumomi. 

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Alien was too short to do Yumomi... 

 

 

 

 

Alien found a sign for Onsen Tamago (hot spring Eggs).

Onsen tamago is a must in hot springs in Japan. 

FYI: Onsen tamago - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

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They offered one egg for 100yen (about $1). 

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Good size for Alien. 

 

 

The inside. 

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Jiggly jiggy, yum yum. 

 

 

 

 

A view of the Yubatake at night was also great. 

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This is Mr. (or Ms.?) Gunma-chan, an official mascot of Gunma prefecture. 

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We became friends. Yes, friendship. 

 

 

 

 

K.