I updated the video with some reshoots of one ryokan (Hanaya Bekkan).
It is still a little bit dark and foggy, but better than the previous version.
Misasa Spa (Misasa Onsen) is famous for its radium-rich onsen (hot springs) and has a long History, almost 850 years (850 years in 2014).
In addition, 2013 is also the 60th anniversary since Misasa Town has been established in November 1953, with the union of 5 villages (Oshika, Mitoku, Misasa, Asahi and Takeda).
To celebrate this unique Anniversary, the town will organize a lot of special events from 2013 and during 3 years.
So, for the January video, I decided to start introducing Misasa's onsen.
First, I want to introduce you one of Misasa's old legend :
Misasa means "three mornings". It is said that staying 3 days and having a soak on each morning in Misasa's baths cures of every kind of disease.
So, during 3 (4 actually) mornings of shooting, I went to five ryokan (Japanese style hotel), among the 24 ryokan in the town, to take some videos of their onsen and show you how it is.
There are indoors and outdoors baths, big ones, smaller ones and each one has its own style.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed having a soak.
I would be very happy if you decide to come to Misasa after seeing this video.
As usual, the video is not perfect.
For example, I really need to invest in some lighting for the next ones ! Indoors onsen are quite dark.
The steam was also quite difficult to manage.
I wanted some steam, for the atmosphere, and also to emphasis the fact that the steam contains radon (vaporized radium) which can good for health through the Hormesis effect.
Unfortunately, some scenes lack of video quality due to the darkness and the steam.
If I can do some re-shoots, I will probably try to get better images of the indoors baths.
Shot with a Panasonic HCX900M and a Go Pro HD Hero for the underwater scenes.
Song : "Get Along" by Smokey Hormel (smokeyhormel.com)
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