Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Monday, December 29, 2014

Healing Baths

The bath salts my son sent to me were from Amazon. Cannot read the package as  part of it Japanese and part Chinese. I am still doing research on bath salts from Japan .
Would like them from this particular place but so far unable to contact them. Have used Google also with no results. If one who is more computer knowledgable then this one can do this, please let me know....
All I know at the moment  is these bath salts have been helpful and have used them twice.  Personally would not use over 2 or 3 times a week. Will see if  they continue to be help full. Sure is nice to be pain free and sleep well. Hope it continues :)

Unrivaled Waters

Spring Water Quality

Kusatsu Hot Springs: The Very Definition of Quality Stating the facts as they are… spring quality we are proud of.
Due to its naturally flowing strong acidic water, there are many anecdotes that tell the story of one of Japan's prominent spas.
Here is a look at its quality. As evidenced by the common expression "Kusatsu yoi toko, ichido wa o-ide" (Come to Kusatsu once in your life, since it's such a wonderful place.), there are reasons why it is revered as a famous spa.

Strong acidity: the key to its renowned antibacterial powers

In only ten days, a 6-inch nail left in the hot spring is reduced to a mere skeletal shard (as seen in the photo on the right). A 1-yen coin (made of aluminum) would dissolve without any trace in only a week. The secret to Kusatsu Onsen's sterilizing powers is its strong acidity.
Experiments have proven e-coli bacteria cannot survive for even one minute in Kusatsu's spring waters, and virtually all other bacteria and fungi are unable to proliferate and soon die. This is why these waters are reputed to have beneficial, therapeutic affects. A good hot spring is like a good doctor. Kusatsu Onsen is proud of its century long reputation that "it can cure any ailment except heartache."

Main contents

Acidic spring water containing sulfur, aluminum sulfate and chloride

Main therapeutic benefits

Relief of neuralgia, muscular and arthritic pain, skin ailments, stiff shoulders, bruises, sprains, chronic fatigue, chronic women's diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries; promotion of general health and convalescence, etc.

Specially chosen bathtub materials

The yubatake is the symbol of Kusatsu. Here, hot water from the spring's origin gushes down wooden channels made from five-centimeter thick pinewood still containing large amounts of resin. Fine quality pinewood or Japanese cypress rich in resin is the optimum choice of material to continuously withstand acidic spring water. This is why many inns still have old, wooden bathtubs made of similar materials. Thus, the quality of Kusatsu's spring water also serves to create a typically rustic hot spring atmosphere.

Water Output: A Completely Natural Flow

Kusatsu Onsen boasts the largest natural output of any hot spring in Japan.
Trails of steam seen rising into the air all over the town enhance any traveler's experience.
Let's take a look at this incredible amount of water that enables the continuous flow of the natural hot spring.
Kusatsu Onsen is rightfully proud of both the quality and quantity of its waters.

Unmatched Quality and Quantity

In Kusatsu, more than 32,000 liters of spring water gush out every minute – the equivalent of some 230,000 barrels per day. The spring's source is Mt. Shirane, an active volcano. This makes it possible for all Japanese style inns, hotels and spa facilities in Kusatsu Onsen to continuously provide their guests with spring water that doesn't need to be reheated, diluted or otherwise adjusted. This lavish amount of water allows visitors to have a luxuriously sensational experience.

Output of Major Hot Spring Sources (from the Kusatsu Tourism Directory)

Name of spring sourceOutput

Fruits of the plentiful waters

Yubatake – "a field of hot water" – is the symbol of Kusatsu. Here, something called yu-no-hana (literally "sulfur flowers" or mineral salts) is formed when the massive quantities of spring water are exposed to the air. This natural bath salt is removed from wooden tubs four times a year while the water flow is temporarily halted. Carefully removed by hand, the bath salts are packaged in cone-shaped containers, whose annual production totals only seven to eight thousand. Visitors who purchase them can enjoy the fruits of this plentiful, precious hot spring at home.
The Yukawa River

More than just a hot spring for bathing

The hot springs in Kusatsu are put to various uses. In order to lower the temperature of the scalding hot Bandai hot spring to a temperature suited to bathing without diluting the water, a heat exchanger is used to pour cold tap water on the pipe through which the spring water flows. The tap water, which rises in temperature during the process, is then used to melt snow on roads and is supplied as hot water to Japanese style inns and private homes. Another example is spring water that flows into the Yukawa River, which is neutralized with natural coal to maintain an environment suitable for fish. These are all facets of Kusatsu's philosophy of "onsenism," principles to maintain the quality of our

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FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Hi Ernestine ~ I looked through Amazon's Japanese salts and couldn't find a picture like you showed here. Is that the front of the box?

I think these would be good for my right hand that is really bothering me these days. Damaged in a car accident, too much computer use, and growing older.

Let me know if you find out anything.

I bet it would feel wonderful to bathe in those springs.

Happy 2015 ~ FlowerLady

Tabor said...

I could not find it either, but perhaps there is a distribution company name your could search on. You made me think of trying bath salts more!

Judy said...

Sounds lovely
Wish I could still get in and out of a bath tub :-(

Balisha said...

Looks wonderful....let's go!

Sky said...

the assortment boxes, one of which you wrote an amazon review on, has salts that came from the same hot springs you show, but the packaging doesn't have this image. I would order via amazon. these assortment boxes come in varying price ranges - many are less than $15.00. check out the reviews RE the seller before ordering. there are salts in the assortment from other springs, too, which are in that general area. the ones from the hot springs you like are included in the assortment boxes, of course. I may order some for my feet and leg baths...sounds like it would be helpful. thanks for the prompt.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sky, you are always so helpful to me. Have not had time to sit
and look at these packages and small writing.
I do know these salts surely help aching at night and I sleep so good and they are calming.
Happy New Year
to you special online friend...

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Lorraine, Tabor, Judy and Balisha, this is product is good for me :)