Saturday, June 21, 2008

Modern Drilling Brings in Additional, Natural Onsen

Since the Great Hanshin Earthquake, several sites have been drilled and have struck 'mineral gold' around Hyogo Prefecture, including around Kobe City.

Probably because of better drilling techniques, along with lower costs, private entreupenures and city governments have ventured to establish natural onsens.

The modern onsens are built only after they have 'hit' a vein of mineral water. Actually, the resurgence of popularity of this bathing tradition shows just how deeply the public bathing practice permeates even into modern Japanese culture.

Recently-found or developed onsen have natural mineral water, often boasted to hold great medicinal properties, along with mostly 'dry' sauna rooms, and maybe even an outdoor bath.

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