Today was the first day of the year the outdoor 50m pool was open, and I made the most of it. I was the only one there for the first 10 or so minutes, but not before at least 3 of the lifeguards had told me that the water was 27℃. They made it sound as if that’s a bad thing.
I guess when you’re used to 31℃, 27 is pretty cold, but it’s only slightly below the standard in New Zealand. No, Japanese pools in general are too warm. It’s easy to get dehydrated, I’m always surprised people can swim without water. It’s also probably why I’m drenched in sweat when I leave the also too warm changing rooms. I’ll take a 27℃ pool any day, thank you very much!
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Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.
I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.
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