Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The White Fox of Yuda Onsen

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Images and statues of a white fox appear all over the place in Yuda Onsen, a spa resort next to Yamaguchi City, even on the drain covers.

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The reason is that local legend has it that the hot spring and its healing properties were discovered by a white fox.

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A priest from a nearby temple saw an injured white fox bathing itself and from then there have been spas in the area.

This occurred in the Muromach period, about 800 years ago.

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In 1707 the spas closed down as an eruption of Mt Fuji caused the springs to dry up, but they reopened 3 years later.

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Since the onsen boom of the 1980's the number of ryokans and spas has increased dramatically, most of them leaning toward the expensive price range.

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The waters have a reputation for healing rheumatism, neuralgia, and dermatitus.

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1 comment:

  1. A story told by manhole covers... Brilliant article, Ojisanjake! (^_^)

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