Mitsui Educational Foundation: A Three Week Study Tour of Japan

 

Bowing Deer at Todai-ji Temple

A Bowing Deer at Todai-ji Temple.

Kimono & Tea Ceremony

Kimono & Tea Ceremony.

There is some nervous laughter as we spot the ‘Onsen day’ on our itinerary. Onsen is the Japanese word for hot spring, which is so ingrained in Japanese culture, that it’s something you shouldn’t miss when visiting the land of the rising sun. Bathing suits are banned, and this rule is non negotiable. I can understand why my fellow travel companions are somewhat apprehensive; this level of nudity is not a social norm in Australia. Read more