On youth and beauty

One of the great cultural points in Japan is the onsen. The onsen is often translated as “hot spring”, but that is incomplete. The onsen is a place where your parents or grandparents take you as children to bond. It might be just a bath during a road trip, or part of a resort experience but the image you should hold in your mind is of people from two years old to one hundred plus relaxing together in the nude.

Think of how your individual perceptions on youth and beauty might differ if you grew up seeing, and were regularly around, the whole aging experience.

There is a culture of youth here, of creams and spas, but more than most places I’ve been there is an acceptance that one ages with grace and beauty and accepts what, in my hometown of Los Angeles, would be a cause for cosmetic intervention.

If your seeing this and it’s August and I’m on holiday, most likely onsen hopping. Enjoy these pictures of youth and beauty.

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6 Comments on “On youth and beauty

  1. I love how the little grannies and granddads dress up here πŸ™‚ I love seeing cute little old men with their pressed trousers, wearing a smart jacket and little hat – so dapper! And the cute little grannies who dress well and especially those who complement their look with red lipstick – so classy! πŸ˜€ No reason not to look one’s best, even in later years πŸ˜‰

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  2. Well expressed and shared, Steven. Even in its simplicity, I find this one of your better posts (though all are uniquely good). Your perspective on the chronologically gifted is particularly meaningful. The onsen experience is truly global, as one can still find and appreciate it throughout Scandanavia, at Baden Baden, and in Turkey.

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  3. Wonderful post! I do think that youth and beauty can vary in different cultures, and some cultures focus on youth more than others. I think it’s great to celebrate all ages. πŸ™‚

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  4. Each of these faces is beautiful; with every wrinkle, bulge or dimple, there is a story that fits the life. The onsen sounds wonderful, Steven, simply beautiful.

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