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Kracie: Tabi no yado – Bihada no yu

旅の宿 – 美肌の湯

 

So I walked into the Japanese store and found some bath salts. I was looking for something with a rose scent, and they had some big containers, but as I didn’t want to risk buying something I don’t know and wouldn’t like, I still chose a smaller variety pack. Being able to read some kanji and kana was also helpful, but asking a salesperson was a good idea too, even though some basic information is printed on the sticker, showing the ingredients and such, but the type of the product or its scent was not included. Some you can guess from the packaging, some not.

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My first choice was Kracie‘s Bihada no yu. Bi-hada means beautiful skin, and the sales woman also told me they have some flowery scent. The box contains four varieties, each representing a Japanese hot spring (=onsen) town, trying to resemble the smell or color of the water, I guess. There are 12 sachets in the box, 3 of each kind. I payed $17. This is also part of their “Tabi no yado” (旅の宿) series, which means something like “travel of inns”, and the ones above are from those cities which are most famous for their hot springs making the skin look beautiful. Also, the natural minerals from famous hot springs locations suppose to help to improve circulation, relieve aching muscles and warm you up. I can’t speak of the long term skin beutifying effect, but it does make my skin rather soft, as opposed to regular bubble baths and such which feel more like taking a bath in a detergent. What’s in the box (3 x 30 g each):

嬉野 Urashino Onsen

Ureshino city is in Saga Prefecture, on the island Kyushu, in the South of Japan. Packaging is light pink, and this is the only clear one in the box, that makes – or keeps – the water transparent. It has a nice, flowery scent, but nothing special. My rating: 3/5. (All ratings will be on a scale of 5.)

喜連川 Kitsuregawa Onsen

Kitsuregawa town became part of Sakura city recently, it is located in Tochigi Prefecture, on the main island, Honshu, in the middle, Kanto region, north of Tokyo. The packaging is the yellow one, and it makes the water slightly cloudy / milky. It is supposed to have a scent of narcissus, but I found it more sulfury instead. Giving it a rating of 2/5.

鳴子 Naruko Onsen

This is my favorite from this box, green sachet. Naruko onsen is in Miyagi prefecture, more to the North, on the main island of Honshu. It is the region that was struck by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. I found it’s scent to be like baby powder, but very nice indeed. And as I mentioned in the intro, I cannot really describe these. :) It creates milky water (maybe with a hint of green), which kind of gives an impression similar to a real hot spring, cloudy from steam on top. Or at least this is why I prefer milky ones. I gave it a 5/5.

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龍神 Ryujin Onsen

My second favorite from these, and the most milky one, you will be hidden under the cloudy, white water. This is the deep pink sachet. Ryujin Onsen is a historical hot spring settlement situated in the mountainous regions of Wakayama Prefecture, it is known since ancient times. Produces a bath with the flowery scent of plum, at least according to the packaging, I am not sure though, as I only remember that it was very nice. 4/5.

Vocabulary

 

温泉 onsen – hot spring

バスソルト basu saruto – bath salt

入浴剤 nyuuyokuzai – bath additive

美肌 bihada – beautiful skin

湯 yu – hot water, hot spring

にごり nigori – muddy (milky type)

色 iro – color

無色 mushoku – colorless

透明 toumei – transparent

香り kaori – fragrance, scent

しっとり shittori – moist

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