Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dogo - all higgledy piggledy 4

Views through a garden fence

Local health-food store and café

Follow the ginger cat

Toilet clogs in Dogo Onsen urinal

Another tourist

The entrance to Dogo Onsen. Despite its 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide, there's no signage outside in foreign languages. You can get a very supercilious and higgledy-piggledy booklet in English that says, "There is a difference in bathing styles between Japan and Western countries. Please read page 5 about how to take a Japanese style bath in this booklet and follow the Japanese way." Could you be more bureaucratic about it if you tried? When I used to go to the magnificent Victorian baths in Manchester, I bathed in exactly the same 'style' as in Japan.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel in Dogo!

The banana shop. For all your banana needs

Nikitatsu-an restaurant. Very stylish interior, good food and sake and beer brewed at Nikitatsu next door

The Nikitatsu brewery

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