Hi, Leo Sensei dayo!
I happened to find funny video about my hometown, Oita, on Youtube. Here….
Do you like it??
(Onsen means hot spring in Japanese.)
Haha, this is PR video made by Oita Prefecture and performed by professional synchronized swimming team. Mr. Hirose, the governor of Oita Prefecture, commented “Onsen (hot spring) place in this movie is shallower than pool for synchronized swimming. We could make a video which is interesting and unpredictable for viewer.”
Can you imagine you perform synchronized swimming in muddy hot spring?
Where is Oita?
I believe most of you do not know where is Oita in Japan.
Let’s see the Japanese map and find Oita!
You can find Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Oita(in red square). Naah!
Why PR with Onsen?
Oita is well know for onsen-rich place because of active volcanic activity and much rainfall. It is said that the amount of springing hot water in Beppu city in Oita Prefecture is the second largest in the world, which the first is Yellow Stone National Park in US. In addtion to Beppu, there are many nice Onsen resorts like Yufuin in Oita Prefecture.
Many foreign tourists are coming to Japan now. Most of them visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hokkaido. These famous and popular sightseeing city is called “golden line”. Other place like Oita tries to attract tourists by using their resources which big cities do not have. Onsen is strong natural resources for Oita.
My recommended onsen is Baien in Yufuin. They have open-air onsen with great mountain view.
Please check this photos from Baien’s web site though they do not have English site.