Public & Private

There’s a big public bath house where photo taking is not allowed – then, there’s this private hot spring in this room adjacent to the tatami room.

Healthy breakfast of local fruits (berries and melons) and imported fruits (pineapple from Philippines) topping plain locally made yogurt, sprinkled with local raw honey and … KINAKO – soy powder often used in desserts in Japan.

Traditional Japanese Breakfast of Miso soup, sea and land vegetables pickles and seasoned in traditional methods … missing is Natto – the fermented soy beans that disappeared very fast from the buffet table.

More breakfast veggies

Locally dried raisins made from Kyoho grapes + decadence of pastries from locally famed bakery, Asanoya … all petit sizes so you can enjoy the variety – cinnamon danish topped with strawberry, chocolate blueberry toast, and matcha muffin.

Matcha & Chai Blend

Matcha Almond Milk Latte with Chai spices – very hipster barista offered with such pride.  A departure from the Matcha idea in Japan – after all – we are in USA A stop over returning to the Bay Area – so much driving looms ahead – definitely need to yoga tonight.  Will be seeking that healing from  – Stiff shoulders and neck; achy lower back; tired eyes; tight sore hips; sore cranky legs … a remedy to sleep better.  Yoga works.

Grapefruit Thyme:)  Lovely scent.

Moon Valley also has a MUSCLE RUB that is organic and natural vs. some of the other brands I used to use. It’s not as strong as others that smell like Ben-Gay-ish products (that may have stuff like Triethanolamine (a skin, immune system, and respiratory toxin), DMDM Hydantoin (a formaldehyde releaser), and dyes like Blue 1 (CI 42090) and artificial colors )  –  but feel I rather go for gentle but good stuff for long term use, that can be trusted for it’s purity.  Per their label –

PURE INGREDIENTS ! Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Safflower Herb, Orange Essential oil, Organic Cayenne, Organic Ginger, Organic Lobelia, Organic Arnica, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Habanero, Organic Clove oil, and Natural vitamin E made from sunflowers. That’s it.

Yes, it’s USA here – a snowboarders, skiers and locals getting their Java – Stars & Stripes – so bright in this dim lit hole in the wall.