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Kanto's Kusatsu Hot Spring in is located at an altitude of 1200m on the slopes of Mt Shirane, and it has the interesting geographical and meteorological feature of having a temperature somewhere between that of Sapporo and Hakodate. The volatile springs are extremely hot and contain highly acidic sulfate alums and copperas. This kind of acidic spring is very rare worldwide and has beneficial effects on various types of illness. However, in recent times there has been a tendency to overlook such benefits.

One of the reasons for this is down to a split within the Japanese Hot Spring Temperature and Physical Study Group. Many members disassociated themselves from the group and formed two new, separate groups - the Japanese Rehabilitation Study Group and the Japanese Rheumatism Study Group. Through this dispersal of members, a decrease in the number of people belonging to the Japanese Hot Spring Temperature and Physical Study Group led to less information being spread about the benefits of hot spring cures. Another reason is that as hot springs became seen as recreation facilities, and as the hot spring cure became less economically viable, its usage became more and more suppressed.

I've also heard of dermatologists who do not believe in the power of the hot spring, and who dissuade patients with skin complaints (a condition which could really benefit from the hot spring's power) from paying a visit..

As a result, the lack of knowledge about the aims and effects of hot spring cures has become a concern and it is for this reason that we have compiled this information.

I'd like those people who think they already know about hot springs to read it and reassess their way of thinking.

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Bathing took place at 52Ž up until the Meiji period, but after investigation, the professor of physical medicine Professor Misawa of Tokyo University set the highest safe bathing temperature as 48Ž. His findings have been adhered to right up to the present day.
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It's a great shame, however, that after seeing accidents caused by staying in the bath too long, and by inappropriate behavior (such as bathing after drinking too much alcohol), some doctors forbid their patients to bathe. (omission)

(Quoted from a report by Professor Nonobe*, Gunma University's Director of Research into Kusatsu Hot Spring, and a report by Professor Nonobe, Departmental Chief of Numato Insurance and Prevention).
*members of the same family

For more details, please refer to both scientists' reports.

The momi-ita (paddles) used by these scientists were 7shaku 7sun (231cm) long, 1shaku (30cm) wide and ‚Wbu (2.4cm) thick, but among the Jikan-yu Preservation Society we have found various literature and photographic evidence documenting the existence of paddles measuring 6shaku x 1shaku x 1sun (180cm x 30cm x 3cm), so we tried reviving their usage (as displayed in the town's station and at Netsu-no-yu).

Jikan-yu is the most austere bathing method out of all the hot spring bathing types available. It's absolutely essential to bathe under the supervision of an experienced guide and its very dangerous not to follow instructions.

Recently many articles about jikan-yu have appeared in magazines and on websites etc, but these are things based on limited knowledge and individual interpretation, and should not be given the benefit of publication.

@@@@@@@@@@Jikan-yu Preservation Society Chairman Yoshiaki Nakazawa
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