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The Snow-Woman I Met On A Bus

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A cold wave suddenly hit Japan in October after a spell of lingering summer heat in late September. The cold stayed on until November. The changes of the seasons constitute elements which are indispensable to Japanese culture, but the unexpected confusion of the climate did not give the author time to feel sentimental; instead it caused her to fret about missing autumn. During a bus ride, the author noticed the first flakes of snow and the guide called herself a "snow-woman". The author and her husband also saw the 'hot spring field', is a famous symbol of Kusatsu Spa. The hot water, never boiled artificially, really comes from a hot fountainhead. 'Rubbing hot water' is a symbol of Kusatsu, where a group of people in a line stir the water of the hot spring with a board in order to cool.

Keywords: bus guide; hot fountainhead; Japanese culture; Kusatsu Spa; rubbing hot water; snow-woman



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