One of the legacies of the ancestors of the Japanese is the onsen bath. A tradition, since many years ago. In line with the philosophy of Shintoism in Japan, the onsen bath meanings act of self purification and cleanliness, Meanwhile, according to Confucianism it serves as a means of socialization and communication for the Japanese.
Onsen (??) means hot springs and a bath with hot water coming out of the earth.Obviously reasonable. Geographically the country Japan is a country with 186 active volcanoes, which would be great sources of hot spring water. Types of minerals deposited by water leads to differences in water color, odor, and efficacy of bathing with it. Generally, Japanese-style inn or a ryokan have an onsen to be enjoyed freely by their guests.
As a means, of socialization and communication onsen is of course means shared the pool and bathing together. Onsen has it owns procedure and etiquette. Starting by releasing all the clothes … totally naked, not allowed to bath in onsen wearing a swim suit. Only allowed to bring a small white towel to cover the sensitive parts of the body and and toiletries for wash. Onsen that shaped like a swimming pool or jacuzzi exist within and outside the room with a wash area. Soaped body should be scrubbed and rinsed thoroughly in advance. Then be allowed to immerse in the pool.
Onsen bath in the outside area, can be enjoyed as a means of relaxation while enjoying the beautiful, colorful flowers blooming in the spring time, in the autumn with a Momiji view or colorful leaves, or in the winter to warm the body up while watching the snow fall. Although some are willing to sultry onsen bath in the summer.
Onsen mostly separate for men only, or women only, but there is also mixing one. Nowadays mostly women take onsen bath together wearing white towels.
After take an onsen bath, the tiredness will disappear, including the soar, the body, and the mind becomes fresh. Now it is time to pamper your appetite with traditional Japanese cuisine and sake.