Igo & Shogi
Give yourself a simple health check at the Hot Spring
your state of health through Ashi-yu, and through eating`
Put your legs only into the hottest bath. Then after a short
time has passed, compare the soles of your feet. If you are
healthy, they should both be the same color; and the redder
the better! In this way you can give yourself a simple health
check. Called "Ashi-yu - Leg bath", this check is
not only effective for ligament strain, feminine ailments
such as period pain, hayfever, chills, back pain, dermatological
ailments etc, but also for more deep-seated diseases that
are incurable with modern medicine.
For example, at Kusatsu Hot spring we have treated tuberculosis
(a disease that has recently been on the increase).
Treatment takes quite a few hours, and there are various specifications
about how much of your legs to enter (up to your ankle, up
to your calves etc). In fact the list goes on - up to your
waist, chest, shoulders etc.Of course it goes without saying
that this must be followed by the correct bathing technique
(please refer also to the sections on Choosing the Correct
Hot Spring, Bathing the Spirit to Expel Evil, and Breathing).
Due to modern medicine, which seems to treats such things
as a game, medicine that previously used to treat the TB bacteria
is no longer effective, and medical cures for TB are at a
dead-end. In the past TB sufferers were advised not to use
hot springs, but at Kusatsu Hot Spring, the above-mentioned
Ashi-yu (amongst others) is a completely reasonable traditional
method that uses the body's natural healing powers to help
Nowadays, the value of traditional medicine is becoming appreciated
more and more, as advocated by the WHO's IFAM (United Nation's
Federation of Alternative Medicine).
Even when it comes to the correct way to visit a hot spring,
it is very important in this day and age not to be too self-centered
(not to have a miserly heart) and to take a reasonable trip
like people used to in the olden days (to have a plentiful
heart).In the same way, the sort of trip where people are
interested in nothing but what they are going to eat when
they arrive is an anachronism - can we really say that we
belong to a Developed Country when the situation is like that?
It's not that bad if you overeat on the odd occasion, but
people who always eat till their belly is full develop their
own deep-seated sickness, and that's a sickness in their daily
Traveling is a break from daily life, a chance to improve
oneself, so it could be said that a true seasoned traveler
is someone who is able to relax and enjoy their trip with
an open mind. When all's said and done, the most important
thing when you come here is to savor the experience of Kusatsu
hot spring, but if you come with your belly empty, then you
will find whatever you do eat truly delicious.
It's healthy to enjoy your food, and it makes you feel good
too! (Please refer to the section on How to Travel).For more
detailed information about the meanings behind and the way
to perform Ashi-yu and Kaburi-yu etc, please ask a member
of staff during your stay.
WHO; Member of IFAMRepresentative of the
Medical Research Group. Kirishimaya Ryokan Director Ph.D.Yoshiaki Nakazawahttp://www.kusatsuonsen.co.jp