A Japanese town that we visited during our trip is very serious about Self Time and Well-Being. The town of Beppu is basically built on hot springs and the residents told us that 3/4 of all households have their own «Onsen» , which is a natural hot bath. There are public Onsens too. Lying in a stone bath filled with a constant flow of hot thermal water is a very calming experience. There is an intensive smell of sulfur and salt in the air (to which you have to get used to) that still reminds us of Japan and Relaxation. It really demonstrates the Slow Live. As people had hot steam available as a never ending source, they traditionally have no stoves but chimneys that bring steam from the ground into the kitchen. So everything they cook is steamed, which takes some time, but is incredibly delicious. The people of Beppu also meet often in public foot baths, where they sit in a row and hold their feet into a stream of hot thermal water. The tough ones usually sit at the very top, as the water there is boiling. It is an incredible experience of daily shared self time, self treatment and well-being.