"Ii yu da na!"
What a nice bath!
A couple weeks ago, we lucked out and went to an onsen (hot spring) on a weekday. The edited for television (and blogging) version of the story is that my workplace had booked the rooms for someone else but they bailed and it was too late to cancel without having to pay a ridiculously large fee. So I picked the Pumpkin Princess up from day care and made the hour long drive in the Pumpkin Prius through winding hilly roads. We got there first. It was a nice room.
It had its own rock garden. The private bath is behind the glass window. The room is on the 4th floor, so you can't be seen bathing even if you have the window open to enjoy the view of the beautiful ancient pine tree. The three of us took a bath together.
Even an old style ryokan (Japanese style lodging) will have a flat screen TV these days. What was funny was that the TV has digital capabilities but it was only set for analog reception. We're so used to digital at home, the picture looked strangely grainy.
We had dinner brought to our room. There was a lot of very good food, all beautifully prepared, but the pictures are in the Pumpkin Daddy's camera. Hopefully I can get them up on another day.