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Ocean day

Today is the third Monday in July, and Japanese people have Ocean holiday. It is a national holiday, but there are no national ceremonies. Many people visit the sea to enjoy swimming every year. I have tried to avoid a sunburn ever since I became teenager as a sunburn causes freckles and wrinkles. I’ve not been to the sea for a long time.
About 15 years ago there was a suntan fad for young girls. They went to the suntan salon to have their faces heavily suntanned. They also dyed their hair white and put on strangely looking white eyeliner and white lipstick.. They looked like black-and white film. They are called “old mountain witches” as they resembled ugly female ogres in Japanese folk tales. Young girls who enjoyed the fashion seemed to think they were cool. However, the fad had passed quickly. I assume they want to delete the past pictures, memories, and freckles as they become 30s now.

Hot Spring

Kagoshima is a volcanic region which has 11 active volcanic mountains such as Mt. Sakurajima and Volcanoes of Kirishima. Mt. Sakurajima often sends out ashes to our city. I hate ashes because I can’t hang my laundry outside, I can’t open the windows, and my car is always covered with muddy ashes.

However, I appreciate hot springs despite all the inconvenience caused by those volcanic activities. There are 280 hot springs in our city. We can enjoy various kinds of hot spring facilities in our daily lives. The entrance fee is only 360 yen. Many people who live in big cities make trips to hot springs, but we don’t have to travel for hot springs. It’s one of the biggest appealing points of our city.

I visited the Kirishima hot spring and stayed at a Japanese inn this weekend. The inn where we stayed is called “Futari-shizuka.” The inn offers cottages for each customer. Each of them contains a living room, a bedroom, toilet, hot spring within the cottage, an open-air spa, and a sauna. It’s really fantastic to bathe in the moonlight. As the sulfur spa contains ingredients to make the skin beautiful, I bathed 4 times during the stay. It was extremely good to do nothing except for bathing and eating. I feel refreshed now.

I love Kagoshima because of the hot springs. That’s why I complain a lot about ashes, but don’t want to leave my city. I will continue to live in my city unless Mt. Sakurajima explodes and the hot springs become too hot to bathe in.


なぼむしさんのブログでバーチャル夏休みへの参加を表明された方々のブログを見て回ってかなり刺激を受けて帰ってきました 英作文10個だけ、という自分の目標がなんだかとてつもなくショボく思えてきたぞ・・・。



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