Yamanouchi is an ancient village in the Japanese Alps, in the Prefecture of Nagano. Snow monkeys live in the forests and bathe in the volcanic hot springs. For a few months the forests are free of snow and the monekys give birth to many offspring.
A protective Mother.
Geysers shoot boiling water up from the volcanic ground.
While melted snow fuels the icy waterfalls.
Mother and Child in the forest.
Yamanouchi is an ancient village built atop thousands of hot springs. Buildings are heated naturally.
Social life revolves around the baths.
Inside a men’s bath. Cold water is mixed with hot to create a bath of 42 C ( 107 F ) .
A Zen Dinner at the Ryokan.
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