Snow Monkeys Relax in Hell Valley Hot Springs

Japanese macaques at Jigokudani hotspring in Nagano have become notable for their winter visits to the spa.

Jigokudani Monkey Park is famous for its large population of wild Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata), more commonly referred to as snow monkeys, that go to the valley during the winter, foraging elsewhere in the national park during the warmer months. The monkeys descend from the steep cliffs and forest to sit in the warm waters of the onsen (hotsprings), and return to the security of the forests in the evenings.

The customs and practices observed differ depending on the hot spring. It is common practice that bathers should wash before entering the water so as not to contaminate the water (with/without soap). In many countries, like Japan, it is required to enter the hot spring with no clothes on, including swimwear.

[Nagano Prefecture‘s] mountains have made it relatively isolated, and many visitors come to Nagano for its mountain resorts and hot springs.

Enjoy Valentine’s Day With Glico Almond Chocolate

In Japan, Morozoff Ltd. introduced the holiday for the first time in 1936, when it ran an advertisement aimed at foreigners. Later, in 1953, it began promoting the giving of heart-shaped chocolates; other Japanese confectionery companies followed suit thereafter. In 1958, the Isetan department store ran a “Valentine sale”. Further campaigns during the 1960s popularized the custom.

The custom that only women give chocolates to men [on Valentine’s Day] may have originated from the translation error of a chocolate-company executive during the initial campaigns.

Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd. (江崎グリコ株式会社, Ezaki Guriko Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese food company headquartered in Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka. Ezaki Glico’s primary business is manufacturing confectionery products such as chocolate, chips, chewing gums and ice cream, and dairy products.

Kyoko Koizumi (小泉 今日子, Koizumi Kyōko) (born February 4, 1966) is a Japanese singer and actress.

渡辺 徹(わたなべ とおる、1961年5月12日 – ) は、日本の俳優、歌手、タレント、司会者。
Toru Watanabe is a Japanese singer, talent and TV host.

Chocolate is a usually sweet, brown food preparation of roasted and ground cacao seeds that is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, or used as a flavoring ingredient in other foods.

Chiaki Kuriyama drinks up Suntory Marude Umeshuna Non-alcohol

Following feature appearances on several notable Japanese television programs, [Chiaki] Kuriyama made her Hollywood debut in director Quentin Tarantino’s 2004 film Kill Bill: Volume 1 as Gogo Yubari, the schoolgirl bodyguard of yakuza boss O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu).

An alcohol-free or non-alcoholic drink is a version of an alcoholic drink made without alcohol, or with the alcohol removed or reduced to almost zero.

Umeshu (梅酒) is a Japanese liqueur made by steeping ume fruits (while still unripe and green) in alcohol (焼酎 shōchū) and sugar.

[Suntory‘s] business has expanded to other fields, and the company now also makes soft drinks and operates sandwich chains.

Plum blossoms are often mentioned in Japanese poetry as a symbol of spring.

The kimono (着物, きもの) is a traditional Japanese garment. The term means “garment”; ki (着) means “to wear”, and mono (物) means “thing” or “object”.

Harumi Miyako (都 はるみ Miyako Harumi, born 22 February 1948) is a Japanese singer of enka.