Explore Japanese Culture～Hot spring and the Warring States Period-～
There are various hot springs around the world, and forming a unique culture.
There are many hot springs in Japan, and it is one of the cultures that Japan can be proud of in the world, which is loved by Japanese and foreign tourists.
The universal purpose of a hot spring is to purify the body, cure illness, heal fatigue, and enjoy nature.
In Japanese hot spring culture, besides those points, a large part of Japanese hot spring culture is based on "traveling" such as "enjoying a journey, eating the local food, and experiencing the atmosphere " .
Hot springs have been popular in Japan for a long time, and there are more than 20,000 hot spring sources and hot spring facilities of various types in all 47 prefectures of Japan.
This time, I would like to talk about Japan's "Warring States Period" and hot springs.
The Warring States period in Japan is the name of the era when samurai were fighting with swords and spears 400-500 years ago with the aim of unifying the world. Samurai, ninjas, Japanese swords, and other Sengoku warlords will probably be loved by a lot of people overseas.
The Warring States period is the days of battle. It is said that while medicine was not developing as it is today, hot springs were used to treat injuries inflicted in battle, to heal tiredness, and to heal illnesses. It is called "Yuji-"hot spring cure". The military commander was afraid of being attacked by the enemy, so secured a lot of "hidden hot water" in the mountains that ordinary people could not use. In addition, sulfur for making gunpowder used in guns is often located near the hot spring source, and it is said that the warlords tried to control the hot spring source from this point of view.
Introducing hot springs related to the Warring States period.
① Gunma "Kusatsu Onsen" (photo)
The above are just a few of the examples.
There are still many other hot springs loved by many Sengoku warlords in Japan.
In modern times, it is not common to go to a hot spring to heal the wounds of a battle.
Why don't you visit hot springs all over Japan to learn about Japanese culture, and learn about the local history and episodes of hot springs?
Of course, you can also try to enjoy nature and food to relax and soothe your daily fatigue!
There are also rules for hot springs, so I think that learning such things will help you get used to Japanese culture and learn the Japanese language, so I recommend it!
If you have a chance to go to a hot spring, please tell your school teachers and friends about the recommended spots!