Soaking in the same hot spring after 12 years

I stayed at Kumomi Onsen. Kumomi Onsen is a small spa town on the western part of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture.

It was also a famous fishing spot that my father-in-law, who passed away last fall, had visited many times before his death. During a trip to Nishi-Izu with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and their families, we stopped by to visit such a place in his memory.

The reason for the trip in the cold of February was to complete a series of ceremonies and paperwork, such as memorial services and inheritance. In addition, I was visiting during the fishing season for “king crab,” known as the world’s largest crab, and I wanted to eat a lot of crab with my family.

Takaashi crab is not served for dinner at every inn in Nishi-Izu, even during the season. Due to the rarity of the species, only a few inns offer it, and advance reservations are required.

This trip was coordinated by Ishi, my late father-in-law’s daughter. After I told her about the hawksbill crabs, she searched for different accommodations and chose the one where I stayed 12 years ago.

The bathtubs at the inn are narrow and the unique shape of the bathtubs is impressive. My son Takeh and I took a bath together.

He takes a bath with me every day, and he loves to dip his shoulders into the hot water and say, “Ahhh!” I had thought that children did not like hot water, but he prefers relatively hot water because I have been controlling the temperature of the water since he was just a few days old. He wasn’t averse to going into the hot water, even though he kept saying, “It’s hot, it’s hot.


This photo was taken exactly 12 years ago, on February 11, 2011. The bathtub is exactly the same as it was then.

The bathtub is stuffy when there are three adults in it, but today I was the only adult in the bathtub, along with my five-year-old niece and one-year-old son, so I was able to relax and enjoy the bathtub.

The family enjoyed a trip to eat hawksbill crabs and then spent a relaxing time at the inn where they stayed 12 years ago, a memorable time.



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