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If there's one thing I love about Japanese life, it's onsen (温泉) culture. Onsen are all over Japan. They're hot springs. People bathe in them, sometimes in the open air and bathing in Japan has been raised to almost an art-form - at some point in the future, I'll write about the oddities of bathing, Japanese style, but that's another entry.

Having enjoyed onsen culture so much (I had in the past been to five in one day, just to experience different types), I was somewhat excited when I found out several years ago that back in the UK, our only equivalent in Bath (*clicky*) was going to reopen. This happened as a result of the project getting a significant amount of funding from lottery money. I was chuffed that eventually, I wouldn't have to hop on a plane to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes.

However, the project has been fraught with delays and problems (*clicky*). It's also cost significantly more than originally planned, and has been cocked-up in only a way that the British could manage it. We've got that down to an art-form too.

But it's open now. Gasp)

I shall be going in about a fortnight's time... I'll let you know what it's like!
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