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Beauty in Spa



Beauty in Spa






You enjoyed Hot Spring, eh?

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:16PM
Pacific Standard Time

Hi Diane,

How was your stay at Harrison Hot Springs?
…hope you enjoyed it to the hilt.


Do you know how it was called “Harrison Hot Springs”?
Well … it is so simple!
It is named after Benjamin Harrison—a former deputy governor for the Hudson’s Bay Company.

And do you know who found the hot spring?
It was a tragic coincidence.
In the middle of the 19th centry, a party of goldfield-bound travellers on Harrison Lake capsized into what they thought was their doom,
but desipite their bad luck, they discovered the lake at that spot was not freezing, but warm.
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha …


As you might guess, Harrison Hot Springs was first enjoyed by the members of the Salish First Nations.
After the First Nations people came other BC residents seeking the soothing effects of the hot springs.
Did you stay at Harrison Hot Springs hotel?

I suppose you did.
St. Alice Hotel and Bath House built in 1886 was the first to welcome those from Vancouver seeking an opportunity to benefit from the natural mineral hot springs.
Destroyed by fire in 1920, the St. Alice was replaced in 1925 by the existing main hotel building and the Harrison Hotel was born.

In these early days, guests traveled from the Pacific coast by riverboat or train and by coach from the nearby Agassiz station.
The hotel enjoyed great success, as it was the first ‘resort’ style destination of its kind in southwestern British Columbia.
During the war years of the 1940’s, the hotel became a sanitarium for women returning from Europe who had participated in the war effort.
Following the war, Harrison Hot Springs Resort was restored to its original purpose, welcoming guests in growing numbers from the entire Pacific Northwest region of the continent.
Enjoying increasing popularity through the 1950’s and 1960’s, the hotel expanded with the addition of the West Tower, West Wing and The Copper Room.
So much for Harrison Hot Springs hotel.

I like Meager Creek Hot Springs better than Harrison Hot Springs.
It is tucked away in the Coast Mountains near Pemberton, northwest of Vancouver.




Why do I like it better?
Good question.
‘Cause it is equipped with the Japanese-style hot springs in a natural outdoor setting.

Look at the above pictures!

It offers three natural rock baths, a self-composting toilet, and a change room.
The springs are maintained by Recreation Sites and Trails BC, with a nominal entrance fee.
The day-use only Meager Creek is a favourite spot for residents of southwest BC.
Clothing is optional, just like on Wreck Beach.


Primitive no-service camping is available nearby at the Upper Lillooet Campsite, and a serviced campsite is planned for the future.
… sounds nice, eh?

Talking about Merange, I’ve just written an article about her.
Please click the following link:


“Merange & Sabina”

I hope you’ll enjoy the above article!

Your smiling Bohemian, Kato
with a lot of love




Subj:Yes, I enjoyed the spa to the hilt!


Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:29PM
Pacific Standard Time

Hi Kato,

Thanks for all the research on Harrison Hot Springs and yes, we did stay at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel, one of my favorite getaways ever.
I’ll bet I’ve been there six or seven times now over the years and each time I seem to love it more.
Imagine sitting in one of their gorgeous hot-tubs or swimming in one of their lovely pools in the most healing & rejuvenating water.




You could lay back in one of the hot-tubs and I could keep you afloat with just a couple fingers.
We also had deep-tissue massages, yummy, and everyone who stays there gets terrycloth robes to go about with.
You feel like a movie star at a resort.
They’ve got a huge fireplace in the main hotel, a scrumptious buffet breakfast every morning, complimentary tea and cake in the afternoon at 4pm and dining & dancing in their Copper Room in the evening.

My boyfriend and I stayed at one of their cabins adjacent to the hotel.
I’d say they have a dozen or so.
That was splendid as well.
Fireplace, tv, internet, separate bedroom & Bath.
I’ve stayed in the hotel itself as well and while that is lovely too, I much prefer having a cabin.
Especially the fireplace in the winter and the picnic tables outside the cabins in the summertime.



Well, Meager Creek is great too, you’re right, but for a decadent and romantic escape it’s hard to beat the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel.
Now we’ll have to get a lovely girlfriend for you to go with, kiddo.
Yes, that’s the next thing.
My boyfriend said he thought he was in heaven, felt like a new man, and can’t wait to pay another visit.

Lots of old photos in the hallways from the early days when it was the St. Alice Hotel.
In those days, steaks were like $2.00 and hamburgers were 75cents or something.
Thanks again for all this and I’ll read the Sabina information as well … soon.


Love, Diane

Are you having a good January?
Do you still frequent Joe Fortes Library?
Have you seen our buddy Sylvie?

I don’t frequent Joe Fortes Library these days.


You don’t?  Why not?

Well … I can go online for 4 hours in the main branch alone.


Online computers used to be available only for two hours.  So in those days, I dropped in at Joe Fortes Library before going over to the main branch and spent an hour to do an extra work.  But not any more.  Nowadays, I don’t have to drop in at Joe Fortes Library.  The main branch will do alright.

So, Kato, you don’t see Sylvie at Joe Fortes, don’t you?

No, not really, but once in a while I see her at the main branch.

How is she?

Sylvie looks young and lively for her age.  I’m pretty sure Sylvie has also ejoyed the lovely pools in the most healing & rejuvenating water at Harrison.

I doubt.

Do you?  How come?

…’Cause Sylvie isn’t a spa-going type.

You never know, Diane… You just can’t judge a person from the outward appearance.

By the way, Kato, do you like hot springs?

Of course, I do… especially open-air hot springs.

Why is that?

…’Cause I can hit two birds at a single shot.

What do you mean by that?

Well… I can enjoy forest bathing as well as hot-spring healing & rejuvenation.  Diane, do you enjoy forest bathing lately?


2 minute FEEL GOOD tip

Unfortunately, you know, we’re having a number of rainy days in Vancouver, but while I stayed at Harrison, I enjoyed it to the hilt.

How about open-air hot springs?

To tell you the truth, Kato, Meager Creek is great, but for a decadent and romantic escape it’s hard to beat the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel.

So, you don’t like hot springs, do you?

No, not really.

If you love gorgeous hot-tubs or swimming in one of their lovely pools in the most healing & rejuvenating water at Harrison, you should be able to fall in love with open-air hot springs.

Why is that?

Well … especially Japanese open-air hot springs have a lot of healing and rejuvenating power.



… looks great!  I’d like to try one of those open-air hot springs.

Once you take a dip in one of those hot springs, you’ll definitely feel much younger.

Why is that?

Well … even Japanese monkeys know about it.



【Himiko’s Monologue】


A hot spring is a spring that is produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater from the Earth’s crust.

There are geothermal hot springs in many locations all over the crust of the earth.

Strangely enough, however, there is no universally accepted definition of a hot spring.

For example, one can find the phrase hot spring defined as

■any geothermal spring

■a spring with water temperatures above its surroundings

■a natural spring with water temperature above body temperature––
normally between 36.5 and 37.5 °C (97.7 and 99.5 °F)

■a natural spring with warm water above body temperature

Whatever the definition is, like Diane, you should be able to take a dip into a soothing and romantic escape.


In any case, I’d like to meet my “Romeo”—a decent man in my future life.
How come I’m always a loner?
I wish I could meet a nice gentleman at the library in my town as Diane met Kato.
Well, they say, there is a way where there is a will.

I hope Kato will write another interesting article.
So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!
Bye bye …



If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


“Go Bananas”


“Stanley Boardwalk”

“With Your Tiger”

“A Second World”

“Asexual Thought”


“Stanley 125 Years”

“Sushi @ the Globe”

“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”

“Sweet Memory”

“Unforgettable Movies”

“Typhoon 26”

“Great Luck”




“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”



Hi, I’m June Adames.

In Japan, a forest bathing trip, called Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese, is a short, leisurely visit to a forest and is regarded as being similar to natural aromatherapy.

A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees, such as a-pinene and limonene.

Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan.

It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan.

So why don’t you enjoy forest-bathing yourself?










『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』






Asexual Thought


Asexual Thought



Enjoy the fireworks later this evening!

Sat., 2013 July 31 8:05 PM
(Pacific Daylight Saving Time)

Hi Kato,

Thanks for the following interesting article.


“A Second World”

I appreciate those thoughts on ballroom dancing.

In any case, it’s nice to hear from you.
… hope you get to enjoy the fireworks later this evening.


I have been quite busy so haven’t made it to any yoga classes lately, although I continue to do my own yoga class, as it were, every morning.
I will add on classes soon as the fall rolls around.

Kato, are you having lotsa fun this summer?
Are you chasing lotsa women?



I hope so … but don’t fool around with those gals.
Although I was quite busy, I spent a few days on Harrison Lake camping with my gym buddies.



Harrison Lake, BC Canada



We had a great time.
I hope you’ll also enjoy and love this warm summer weather.


Ciao, Diane ~

So, Diane, you had a great time on Harrison Lake, eh?

You’re telling me, Kato.

Tell me, Diane, what’s so great about camping up there?

Well … Kato, do you remember the following mail I sent you last year?


Subj:I’m fascinated by

forest bathing.

Date: Wed, May 23, 2012 7:53 pm
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Kato,

I was glad to see you as well.
I thought when I didn’t see you at your usual terminal that perhaps you had gone back to Japan for a visit.

By the way, speaking of Japan, there’s a highly recommended Japanese restaurant on Robson Street (almost across from the Whole Foods Market) called “Hokaido.”


My piano teacher told me they have the very best ramen he has ever tasted in his life (and he’s supposedly had lots of ramen in his time).
I don’t know if you’ve tried the place or not.
I’ll be going there this Friday so I’ll see firsthand and report back to you, if you’d like.

I read the above article.
Thanks for your story, which is quite humourous and fascinating as usual, kiddo.

Oddly enough, I too saw that newspaper article in the Metro about Symonds and her supposedly hot love affair with Chef Gordon Ramsey.
The newspaper story is quite intriguing of course.
I saved it to show my boyfriend this weekend, especially the Top 10 Cheating Neighbourhoods of which his, Kitsilano, is at the very top of the list!

Well, I’m not worried about my boyfriend because he says I’m the best thing that ever happened to him and he doesn’t know what he’d do without me, AND he’s so loving and thoughtful I just have to believe him.

The point I was making is that sometimes it’s better to have one person who loves you, wants to know how your day is going, one person to go to movies & plays & events with, someone to hold hands with, cook with and stuff then it is for thousands to adore you from afar.
But we’re all different as the wise old sages are found of saying “follow your bliss”.



Nevertheless, Kato, I’m still keeping my eye out for you.
It won’t be a biker chick, I don’t think, but what the heck … we’re not biker material ourselves, true?

By the way, I read the following newspaper story:

For those of us lucky enough to grow up riding bicycles on country roads and catching frogs in ponds, today’s ‘nature as medicine’ approach is a sad comment on how divorced we’ve become from our environment.
But before we get too down on ourselves, check out what’s going on in highly urbanized Japan.

That’s where ‘forest bathing’ (shinrinyoku) is being promoted for health.


A study by Yoshifumi Miyazaki, director of the Centre for Environment Health and Field Sciences at Chiba University, observed 288 volunteers at 24 different sites who merely sat down and enjoyed the forest view.
When their blood samples were compared to an urban control group, researchers found a 13-per-cent decrease in the stress hormone cortisol, six-per-cent decrease in heart rates and a two-per-cent decrease in blood pressure.

Being serious about their relaxation, Miyazaki says reporters want him to describe the “correct” principals of natural therapy.

“Also, I am often asked to answer the question of which type of forest is better conifer or broad-leaved.
Based on the results of our indoor studies, I can only say that the relaxation effects may differ due to the individual tastes and values of the volunteers.”

SOURCE: “To Your Health”
Posted by: Erin Ellis, Vancouver Sun

PICTURE: from Denman Library

As a nature-lover, I’m fascinated by “forest bathing.”
Kato, have you ever enjoyed bathing in the woods?

Anyway, so good to hear from you,

Love, Diane ~

SOURCE:“Forest Bathing”
(June 7, 2012)

I almost forgot… but, now, I clearly recall it.

I really enjoyed forest bathing at the camp.

Oh, I wish I had been with you up there.

I missed you too… Anyway, tell me, Kato, how come you brought up “Asexual Thought” in the first place.

Well, the other day, I read the following newspaper article.

Asexual People Find Comfort in Community


In high school, she felt isolated and alienated because everyone else was having sexual experiences that she wasn’t.
She did things she didn’t feel comfortable with and pushed herself to be something she wasn’t, simply to fit in.
Luckily for her, when she finally came out to her family, her parents were supportive.

Although this description may sound like the formative experiences of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person, it isn’t.
Vancouver-based web developer Nicole Brown discovered she is asexual, or someone who does not experience sexual attraction.

After discovering the label in her first year of university, Brown, like many asexual people, felt the burden of confusion lift from her shoulders.

“Upon discovering asexuality—the label, the community, and the resources and information and research that had been done into it—I immediately felt at ease, that I wasn’t broken, that I wasn’t missing something, I wasn’t defective in some way, shape, or form,” she said by phone. “And that’s how I had been feeling prior to being able to have a label that not just said you fit in with a community but also that basically nobody had told me growing up that there were other sexual orientations, period.

Page 15, “The Georgia Straight”
for the week: August 1-8, 2013

Ummm … I see… quite interesting.  So, Kato, are you saying that you’re one of the above kind?

Oh, c’mon, Diane.  Do you really believe I’m asexual?

I’m just kidding.  I think you’re far from asexual—maybe, too sexual.  But how come asexuality intereted you so much?

Well, as you know, Vancouverites enjoyed the annual Pride Parade on August 4.

The Vancouver Pride Parade 2013

Pride Parade

Pride parades for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community are events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture.
The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage.
Most pride events occur annually and many take place around June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in the modern LGBT rights movement.

Early on the morning of Saturday, 28 June 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning persons rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.
The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar which catered to an assortment of patrons, but which was popular with the most marginalized people in the gay community: transvestites, transgender people, effeminate young men, hustlers, and homeless youth.
The Stonewall riots are generally considered to be the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, as it was the first time in modern history that a significant body of LGBT people resisted arrest.


The Stonewall Inn

SOURCE: “Pride Parade”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Diane, did you enjoy the parade?

Yes, I did.  It was hilarious.  So, Kato, you thought that the parade was far from asexual, didn’t you?

Yes, I did.  It was far from asexual, but this isn’t the thing I wanna point out.

What else do you want to add?

The foloowing day, I borrowed a DVD from Vancouver Public Library.


“Actual Catalogue Page”


Henry & June (Trailer)


Did you see the above film?

Yes, I did.  As I wrote the above comment, Anaïs Nin was not actually bisexual. That’s what she said, and she didn’t have a sexual relationship with June, but the film version seems more interesting and fascinating because she was depicted as bisexual.

So, Kato, what’s your point?

Well… As Nicole Brown was told, “there are other sexual orientations, period.


So, diversity adds more colors and fascinations to our society.  Don’t you think, Diane?


【Himiko’s Monologue】

Asexuality is quite new to me.
How about you?

In an unpublished study, a scientist recently showed asexual people erotic films and measured their genital responses.
The scientist discovered that they still respond, even if they don’t necessarily feel aroused.

So it suggests that it is not that they’ve become asexual because their bodies are not capable of responding.
What might be surprising to those unfamiliar with asexuality is that some asexual people do masturbate.
But the scientist says that it is not for the same reasons that sexual people do.

It is quite strange, isn’t it?

Interesting coming out

as asexual stories

In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.
So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!
Bye bye …



If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


“Halifax to Vancouver”

“A Thread of Destiny”

“Fujiyama Geisha”

“Beaver Lake”

“God is Near!”

“Holy Cow@Rose Garden”

“Vancouver Earthquake”




“You Love Japan, eh?”

“Eight Bridges”

“First Love”

“Fright on Flight”

“Boy’s Movie”

“From Summer to Eternity”

“Sōseki & Glenn Gould”


“Dream Dream Dream”

“In Search of Your Footprint”

“Little Night Music”

“Merry X’mas”

“Happy New Year!”

“Long live Diane!”

“Mona Lisa”

“Flu Shot”

“Selfish TD Bank”

“Talk with Mozart”


“Bliss for Diane!”

“Romantic Bohemian”

“TD Bank or Mozart?”

“Diane@TD Bank”

“Tear Jerker”

“Diane in Chorus Line”

“Pork or Friend?”


“Easter Bloopers”

“Beauty is Heart-deep”

“Romance@South Pacific”

“Art Gallery”

“Diane Hypatia”

“Cherry and Silk”

“Price of Your Life”

“Elephant Cries”

“Banana @ Eden”

“Go Bananas”


“Stanley Boardwalk”

“With Your Tiger”

“A Second World”



Hi, I’m June Adams.

Asexuality (or nonsexuality) is the lack of sexual attraction to anyone or low or absent interest in sexual activity.
It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation, or one of the four types thereof, alongside heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality.
A study in 2004 placed the prevalence of asexuality at 1%.

Asexuality is distinct from abstention from sexual activity and from celibacy, which are behavioral and generally motivated by factors such as an individual’s personal or religious beliefs; sexual orientation, unlike sexual behavior, is believed to be “enduring”.
Some asexual people do engage in sexual activity despite lacking a desire for sex or sexual attraction, due to a variety of reasons, such as a desire to please romantic partners or a desire to have children.

Asexuality Introduction

Acceptance of asexuality as a sexual orientation and field of scientific research is still relatively new, as a growing body of research from both sociological and psychological perspectives has begun to develop.
While some researchers assert that asexuality is a sexual orientation, other researchers disagree.









『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』