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User / Hans ter Horst Photography / The practice of touji (湯治する) at Fujisan Ryokan
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There is an onsen practice that was almost forgotten but now gaining in popularity again: Touji. Touji (also known as toji) refers to the practice of staying at an onsen ryokan during the winter solstice for a longer time. This ancient ritual has been observed for centuries when snow and ice were the reason farmers and fishermen had time on their hands. By participating in touji, you become part of a tradition that transcends time. Winter is believed to be a time of renewal and cleansing. The onsen plays a crucial role in this process.

Camera: Pentax MX
Lens: SMC Pentax Fish-Eye 1:4 17mm

Shot on Foma Fomapan 200 at EI 200, developed in HC-110 dilution 1+63 for 7 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds.

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  • Taken: Dec 31, 2023
  • Uploaded: Jun 17, 2024
  • Updated: Jul 7, 2024