Thursday, July 20, 2006
Ashiyu ~Japanese Relaxation~
Have you heard about “Ashiyu”? As “Ashiyu (足湯)” is know as its Chinese characters, it means “footbath” in English. 足 (ashi) means foot and 湯 (yu) means hot water. In Japanese footbath, Ashiyu case, people can soak their leg to under knees.
Onsen (hot spring) in Japan may be well-known by people from all over the world; however, Ashiyu rises in popularity among Japanese well because of the easiness.
If you take Onsen in Japan, you need to prepare many things like towels, shampoo set and a change of underclothes which is lot of work. Besides, people especially from other country are reluctant to take hot spring naked with other people. In these points, Ashiyu is very simple and people feel free to take Ashiyu because they just need to show their leg.
There are many Ashiyu places, and some of them are free of charge especially in Onsen town. I took Ashiyu at Minase village in Akita prefecture the other day which was my first time. Although I just put my legs in hot water, my whole body became warm and felt really comfortable. Moreover, Ashiyu doesn’t impose a burden on heart which could happen while you take Onsen. What is good one more about Ashiyu is men and women can use the same Ashiyu place together enjoying conversation different from Onsen!
Some photos of Ashiyu from Flickr
投稿者 kayanon 場所 1:46 PM