Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mineral Rot

Along the road out to Sengan-en, just past Gion-no-su Park, there's a resort hotel. I'm not sure if it's just a love hotel, or perhaps a short-stay onsen (hot spring spa). It's pretty rundown in any case. Being in front of a saltwater bay may not have helped it much. There's a pipe running from one wall, letting hot water spill into the little dish here before running under the sidewalk into the drainage culvert. There's a symbol of the back of the shrine for "onsen" and the water is probably piped up from underground for the spa. I make this assumption based on heat coming off the water, and the damage the minerals in the water has done to the steel grating.

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