A short trip to Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture. Yubatake.
From a tourist’s perspective you can’t talk about Kusatsu without a mention of Yubatake, which is in fact a giant hot spring located in the heart of Kusatsu town. The emerald colour at the lower end of Yubatake is positively brilliant. A popular spot? Absolutely. Spectacular? I think I’m inclined to give that award to Ousen Falls a couple or so kms away.
The sun wasn’t being very co-operative when I was taking the pano here. It decided to move in and out of the clouds quickly all the time and so each source photo ended up with a very different light. An obvious solution was to wait a little while and re-shoot but this wasn’t really possible as my travelling companions were wanting to hurry on to a local soba joint (noodle house) which was supposedly held in high regard. By whom or for what exactly I was not sure, I was only following. (If you really must know what happened, the place was closed that day!)
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The eight islands of Japan sprang into existence through Divine Intervention.The first two gods who came into existence were Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto, the Exalted Male and Exalted Female. It was their job to make the land for people to live on.They went to the bridge between heaven and earth and, using a jewel-encrusted halberd, Izanagi and Izanami churned up the sea into a frothy foam. As salty drips of water fell from the tip of the halberd the first island was formed. Its name was Onogoro.So far, so good. But when Izanagi and Izanami first met on their island, Izanami spoke to Isanagi without being spoken to first. Since she was the female, and this was improper, their first union created badly-formed offspring who were sent off into the sea in boats.The next time they met, Izanagi was sure to speak first, ensuring the proper rules were followed, and this time they produced eight children, which became the islands of Japan.I'm sure you did not fail to miss the significance of this myth for the establishment of Japanese formal society.At present, Japan is the financial capital of Asia. It has the second largest economy in the world and the largest metropolitan area (Tokyo.)Technically there are three thousand islands making up the Japanese archipelago. Izanagi and Izanami must have been busy little devils with their jewelled halberd...Japan's culture is highly technical and organized. Everything sparkles and swooshes on silent, miniaturized mechanisms.They're a world leader in robotics, and the Japanese have the longest life-expectancy on earth.Text by Steve Smith.