2011年1月9日日曜日

Good enough for a Lord but not my daughter...

Feeling the non-child centric parent guilt we took off early in the morning for a drive up into the mountains to go to a famous hot spring. Not only is it famous and (supposedly) the onsen of travelling feudal lords and mystic monkeys but It has 16- yes count them 16 open air baths. So, eight of them were on the men's side but I still got to go in eight outside baths. Did I mention it was chucking it down with big fluffy, fat storybook snowflakes at the time. Seriously beautiful.

Did the girls appreciate it?

Nope.

Not even an inkling. You see it was a sulf-natrium, calcium, magnesium hydrogen carbonate bath. For fellow non-scientists that means it stunk like rotten eggs. Not stunk really, more whiffed? Was odorous? Well, however you state it it had a certain fragrance.

And that fragrance completely blinded the girls to the beauty of the scenery and the luxury of all that bath hopping and the miracle that we arrived when it wasn't crowded and all that.

Nope. The only comments were:

"It stinks."
"It really stinks!"
"Did someone pass gas in this onsen?"
"... and this one?"
"All the baths stink. Mummy let's go! This place is yucky!"

So, Hirayu onsen. Beautiful, luxurious, good enough for feudal lords, but just doesn't pass muster with the pre-school crowd.

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