Vapour wafts around you as you carefully rinse with the cedar bucket before your bath. Silently, you slowly ease yourself into the hot mineral water. A Japanese garden has been artfully arranged around the edge of the bath for admiring while you soak. You are at a Japanese hot spring, or onsen as they are known in Japan. Rubbery and relaxed from your dip, you get back into your robe and return to your tatami room for dinner. There on your table is a dazzling array of dishes, laid out for...
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