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Let's enjoy hot springs

Sofia was invited to a hot spring for the first time by her co-workers.Seeing that she's nervous, her good friend Saori tries to reassure her.

Saori
Sofia, let's get a move on and jump in the bath. It's your first time at a Japanese hot spring, right?

Sofia

Yeah, that's right! So, I can't wear a swimsuit?
Saori
I guess since you're not used to it I can understand how you feel. But don't worry, in Japan it's completely normal.

Sofia

Yeah, and I'm not used to being in such a hot bath for such a long time. I'm afraid I'll feel sick!
Saori
Just take breaks every now and then, and you'll be just fine.

Sofia

Also, I don't know the rules and manners. Can you help me out?
Saori
Of course! First, get undressed and put your clothes in the basket along with your towel. Then, bring your washcloth with you. Next, people with long hair, like you, should tie it up. It's not good to soak your hair in the water.

Sofia

Got it.

Saori

First, it's good manners to rinse yourself with fresh bathwater. Or, just take a shower. Also, make sure your washcloth doesn't get in the water.

Sofia

We all have to do our part to keep the water clean. Saori, what's this say? I can't read a lot of Kanji yet.

Saori

It's some information about the hot spring. Here it says it's the water is naturally rich in alkaline. It's good for muscle soreness, joints, and fatigue.

Sofia

We've been so busy recently so that's perfect!

Saori

There's also an open air bath where we can check out the beautiful scenery. Let's go there later!
Sofia gets in and starts enjoying the hot spring.

Sofia

I always wondered why Japanese people love baths so much, but now I know. You can really relax in here!
Saori
Yeah, it's addicting, huh?

Sofia

I always just take a shower, but relaxing in a bath is great too. But the bathtub at my place is too small to do this at home.

Saori

Why don't you try going to a spa or a bathhouse? There's so many.

Sofia

Now that you mention it, there's one near my house! I guess I'll check it out.
Saori
The rules are basically the same at all bathhouses so you just have to bring a towel, some soap, and shampoo. But if you forget, they also sell it at the bathhouse too.

Sofia

Ok! Let's go bathhouse hopping this winter.

Saori

Great! Let's stay warm this winter!