Monday, January 21, 2008
Walking through the space shuttle where the astronauts live and work for months on end was like walking through a movie set- but this was real.
The next stop was an Onsen (public Japanese bath). This one gave you a taste of what it was like in the rural traditional parts of Japan. We were given a kimono (known as yukata in Japan) to wear and suddenly we found ourselves blending in (sort of) as EVERYONE was wearing one and there were just 10 or so patterns to choose from!
The middle section was set up in the style of a village street full of vendors of wares and food and even side shows (a man playing a trombone).
There were many choices of massages from foot to back to a full body massage; a soak in 14 spring-fed hot pools, a lay on sand or pebbles for heat therapy and the rock studded foot bath as seen here. Sounds easy but it takes grace and poise to walk on the strewn rocks that are there to massage tired feet, while keeping your kimono up out of the water. Did I manage? Well......
One place we looked in, but didn't spend the money to go in, was a pool you sit beside with your feet dangling in the water and little fish nibble off the dead skin on your feet. Ummmm...
We came home late and tired but with lots of good memories and happy massaged feet!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I love Isobel Khun’s book called Second Mile People. I am in
I have been to
I arrived to a warm room with flowers and hand written welcome note on the desk from the Center managers.
One supper time I was thrilled to see a Japanese friend who was a volunteer
I have been here 8 times but rarely get out of the conference center to explore the sights of
I thank God for my second mile people.