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OK, I`m only human, I missed keiko today. I just plain slept through not waking until 8. I woke up ruing the missed chance of practice with Sensei, but the way my body wasn`t moving, maybe it wasn`t such a bad thing, my muscles were seized I couldn`t move......
Hot bath,$B!!(Bhot bath......... Let`s go to the onsen my wife says, Taisanji is only 15 mins away by bus and only costs about 300 yen per session. My father inlaw had taken all the kids to the Pokemon centre, so the rest of us plummed for the onsen, woohoo, I`m fully converted .
The bus leaves from the local bus stop and takes less than 10 mins to arrive at Taisanji. We leave the bus and go in, unfortunately I`m the only male, so wife, mum and sister inlaw all go off one way leaving me to fend for myself . I enter the changing rooms to find it heaving with Ojisan (grandads), they all look at me sideways, being the only gaijin there. Still, I`m used to this now so in I plunge..............good god..........it`s bloody hot, hotter than the onsen up at Shosha san we went to last week, seering hot in fact. It was a matter of seconds before my skin was burning red, I looked like I`d spent the day in the sun without any protection, I only had another 20 mins or so to waste. Anyways, once youre submerged, as long as you don`t move it actually becomes quite pleasant, I could feel the aches ebbing away . 20 Mins later I take a very cold shower before changing and going out to reception to wait for everyone else. What`s that I spy, beer in the vending machine, how considerate, I insert 400 yen and sit myself down to enjoy an ice cold drop of the amber nectar.
My wife comes out first informing me that the others are a little slow, so maybe I should try out the electric massage chair. I do..............oooooooowwwwwch!!!! I thought these things were supposed to relax you, actually they almost do, except for the 3 or 4 times when the two rather solid hard balls work their way up to your mid back, it feels like they`re trying to punch their way through my chest jeez that`s unpleasant. The rest of it is not so bad though and I survive the 15 minute routine, barely.....