This picture was taken during my trip in Matsuyama a couple of days ago (now being the 16th August)
This is the oldest onsen in Japan and has been visited by emperors and famous poets, however the original Dogo onsen was situated near by but was later moved to this location which is now a very much tourist place than anything else.
As you can see in the photo, there are a fair amount of people wearing the traditional japanese summer clothes called the yukata, there is however 2 types and the one you can see is for going to the onsen (Hotspring) there are 2 onsens in this area, one being the dogo onsen and the other not so famous.
Dogo onsens entrance fee was only 400yen however we had to wait a good 15 minutes before being allowed in because the place was jam packed like sardines in a can. The initial ticket said only 60 mins allowed in the area, but that half of the ticket was taken by one of their staff, so no one cares when they leave.
Now, I found this onsen to be very traditional from the outside and in, because as you can see the structure seems to be quite old and made of wood, now the inside seems like it hasnt been touched for several hundred years especially when it came to no Air CON????? ony fans to cool you down, they were the fans that were hanging from the ceiling and they were spinning 3mph. most onsens provide soap and shampoo, but not this one, you had to buy the stuff yourself and as tourists, none of them brought their own, so once entering the water would eventually get dirty due to people not washing first (Traditional Japanese way) so I was a little shocked and the fact that everyone was sweating after getting changed was a little horrendous.
Thats what you get for 400yen.
Otherwise there was a festival going on, on the outside.
Dōgo Onsen is one of the oldest and best-known onsen hot springs in Japan, with a history stretching back over 1500 years. The springs are mentioned in the Man'yōshū (written c. 759), and according to legend even Prince Shotoku (574-622) used to partake of the waters.
Dōgo Onsen was also the favorite retreat of writer Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916) when he was working near Matsuyama as a teacher in what was at the time rural Shikoku. In Soseki's loosely autobiographical novel Botchan, the eponymous main character is a frequent visitor to the springs, the only place he likes in the area.
Modern haiku poet Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902), a noted critic of Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694), was also a resident of Dōgo Onsen. His poems are prominently inscribed in many places around town.
The present building of the Dōgo Onsen public bath was built in 1894. Built on three levels for maximum capacity, the baths remain extremely popular and are usually crowded at peak times (esp. around 6 p.m. before dinner).
While Dōgo is largely engulfed in the suburban sprawl of modern-day Matsuyama, the area around Dōgo retains the feel of resort town, with guests from all over the country wandering the streets in yukata robes after their bath. Dōgo is easily accessible from central Matsuyama by tram, and has regular bus services to and from both the air and ferry ports.
The main building in the movie Spirited Away was modeled on the present building of the Dōgo Onsen public bathhouse. Spirited Away was directed by famed animator Hayao Miyazaki in 2001 and it was named Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards
I hope you like it
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fergieboymk1 (408) 2007-08-16 5:28
Nice balance and overall good travel shot, would look good in a guide book. The static women in thier kimono's leave no doubt as to where it was taken. Fireworks in night sky add balance to image - without this it would ahve failed.
ChrisJ (117825) 2007-08-16 8:50
Konban Wa Dan
I like the well placed fireworks top right & their colour & graphism. Good sharpness & nice fg motion blur of the crowd. Tfs!
Tue (43432) 2007-08-16 13:57
A good capture with nice colours and I like a lot the blur of all the people passing by. The inclusion of the firework is great too and well placed in the upper right hand corner. Well done!
singuanti (15250) 2007-08-16 19:17
Hey Dan. That's some perfect timing with the fireworks and people walking. The shot is just so dynamic and active. That was the perfect shutter speed given the situation. Great shot Dan!
berek (50508) 2007-08-17 0:54
Hi Dan ,
I think you are okay. lovely active and colourful picture my friend. greetings.
nwoehnl (122) 2007-08-17 7:47
Hi Dan. This is very cool; a nice effect with the motion-blurred yukata-wearing folks in the foreground versus the crisp details of architecture and fireworks. Creative shooting and an artistic rendition of the scene, I like it a lot.
photosushi (382) 2007-09-01 14:08
I loved the colors , blur and fireworks .
ViktorVaughn (1525) 2007-11-09 19:15
Very informative note on this onsen. I had read about it, and had wanted to visit it, but didn't have enough time, so settled on other areas in Japan. Sounds like a very touristy place indeed, and in the heart of summer with what looks like a matsuri happening, I can see why it's so busy.
Your capture of the fireworks is excellent, but it's a shame you cut off part of the top on the left.
Otherwise, an interesting photo of this onsen.
- Copyright: Dan Leung (Kenny10pin) (19301)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-14
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Sony DSC R1, CF Hitatchi 6GB
- Exposure: f/8, 3 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-08-16 2:15
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