This mentality set the stage for one of the most memorable moments of the entire holiday: experiencing a Japanese-style hot sand bath!
We arrived at the Ibusuki Natural Sand Bath Centre at the beautiful seaside of Ibusuki, a city within the Kagoshima Prefecture. We all changed to traditional Japanese robes (also known as ‘kimonos’). Next, we walked down to the beach, where many hot springs naturally formed.
We then walked to our designated sand baths on our sandals – but even with the sandals on, my feet felt scorching hot already! I tried hard to keep my feet from touching the sand for too long, resulting in a chicken-like dance! My parents, who had thicker skin on their feet and didn’t feel the heat as much, couldn’t stop laughing at me!
Strangely enough, a few minutes later, my body did something amazing. It adapted to the heat! I could feel the pain gradually subside, and it was even replaced by a comfortable, soothing sensation. My body started to relax, and I let out a sigh of relief.
The hot sand bath ended up as a very relaxing experience, and looking back, it taught me a good lesson of perseverance. I was wowed by how relaxing the sand bath felt in the end. I was also quite proud of myself for not being a quitter – if I had jumped up and quit at the first moment of pain, I would never have understood nor experienced how soothing the sand bath could be.
Boys, have you ever experienced a moment where you wanted to quit at the start, but you held on, and in the end, you were satisfyingly rewarded?