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Kamakura is another previous capital of Japan with many wonderful temples and shrines. We met up again with Denis and Yoko who live there. As well as showing us around, they booked us into wonderful accomodation which included the best traditional baths complex we had come across in Japan. Before the days when houses had their own washing facilities, public baths were around every corner in Japan. The tradition lives on in some modern hotels and is very civilised and relaxing. You enter the complex and strip off to the buff. (The baths are gender-specific.) It would be unheard of to join the communal baths before having a rigourous wash first, so you sit on a stool and begin by pouring a basin of warm water over your head and then thoroughly soaping yourself down. Be careful at his point not to draw attention to yourself by slipping off the now soapy stool. Shower the soap off and you are ready to enter the hot tub(s) to luxuriate. These are similar to the communal baths we used to have after rugby matches but much warmer and less muddy. The complex in Kamakura had a huge window looking out onto a beautiful Japanese garden with waterfalls and fountains. The inside walls of the pool complex were made of stone and there were several artificial waterfalls which you could stand under to get a good pummeling. It made a good facimile of the outdoor thermal pools which exist in various parts of this volcanic country. Sorry - no photographs. My lens fogged up ...

After 3 hours in the hot pool, Albert & Gladys Emmanuelle just wanted to retreat into themselves

Can't think what this reminds me of

Could that be Penelope Pitstop? No ... wrong colour car

Lovely Denis & Yoko were our guides again

Makes a change from a burger

"Sorry luv - can't go sarf of the river this time of night ..."


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