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Hi and welcome to Powder TV another lifestyle and culture segment. My name is Nigel Abbott. Well here to I am in the lower part of Niseko at Yukoro Onsen this is supposed to be a true Japanese experience. So what I've got to do is take off my boots, buy myself a little coupon I need to throw in the machine on the man at the front door and head downstairs to soothe the body and soothe my soul. I'm really looking forward to this after a really hot day skiing, I'm exhausted.
I'm inside the changing room and obviously what I’ve got to do is get changed. I’m fully equipped because I've got my towel and very importantly I've got my modesty towel. And the proper etiquette is to actually cover this up as you're walking out. Some Onsen in the seek are actually mixed, unfortunately this one isn’t. So I probably be out there by myself because it's during the day. But you can imagine later on after five o’clock right through until seven or nine or 10 the Onsen outside is absolutely packed. So what I'm going to do is go down stairs and bathe, let's go and have a look.
I'm down here in the Kamino Wagon section. And as I said before the idea here is that you wash yourself clean before you head out in the Onsen. It's basically so the woman sort like a duometry bathroom and so everyone line up and cleans themselves. Lovely hot water and I also need this bowl and fill up so you can douse yourself with water.
There's something very special about Onsen water and as the minerals that they contain and the fact that it comes out at about 40 degrees Celsius. The minerals that it contains apparently help relax and repair your muscles out of hot days of skinning and then Japanese do just love it. Well it’s time grab my modesty towel and head outside and on the Onsen water, let's go.
Well here I am on the Onsen and I already feel invigorated. I guess this one huge advantage with Japan and all its volcanoes is it blesses people with this beautiful hot water. The hot water which as I said before is full of minerals and it's around 40 degrees Celsius and when you’ve got this minus eight, minus 10 environment around you and your sitting in this hot water it is absolutely superb. The funny thing is some of the Japanese people actually drink this water because they believe it's good for your health. I've been in here before and seeing father and son both drinking the water, I'm not game enough this is good enough for me.
The bones and the muscles are already relaxing I can't wait to get back on the skis tomorrow. Obviously the source of the hot water is up and it is hot. And up here on this top area, we’re outside surrounded by snow. Some people actually have the courage and I've seeing this many times they throw themselves in the snow, come back in the pool and they actually repeat it two or three times. Well I haven’t got the guts for that yet, I'm happy to hang by this hot water and just soothe my soul. I'm sure I've done and going to heaven this is absolutely superb. Anyway I'm Nigel I've been signing off for Power TV we’ll see on the slopes.