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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』






Beaver Lake


Beaver Lake

Stanley Park


Beaver Lake



Subj:Oh, you made me

nostalgic, kiddo!




Date: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 7:50 pm
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Kato,

I enjoyed the following article.

“Halifax to Vancouver”

(July 9, 2012)

Wow! You are really making me nostalgic now.
I do see the similarities between Halifax and Vancouver now that you point them out.

Point Pleasant Park and Stanley Park do share commonalities, as do Lost Lagoon and the Public Gardens in Halifax.


Point Pleasant Park

I wonder if Point Pleasant Park has a real live beaver in one of its lakes?
I went to check out our resident beaver in Beaver Lake yesterday.
Saw his or her lodge, but apparently the beaver doesn’t come out and start working until dusk each day.


I enjoyed a wonderful article and photos in Saturday’s Vancouver Sun.
It looks like the beaver has been in the lake for four years now, most likely coming from North Vancouver’s Capilano Watershed area, braving the currents and freighters in Burrard Inlet and shuffling his or her way up Beaver Creek to the Lake.

One of these days I hope to see the beaver in person.
With this lovely weather, it’s easy and fun to take a stroll in Stanley Park more regularly, don’t you think?

You’re right about preferring the weather here to the weather in Halifax.
But some days I question even that as you can imagine.

I came out here in Vancouver on my own when I was only 21 yrs. old.
I had finished business college and had already had two fairly good jobs, but I was seeking adventure and a westcoast life.
I did stop briefly in Toronto where my older brother lived in a really cool hippie house, and considered living there, but decided to go for bust.


I loved it immediately and made lots of friends.
Eventually my older brother moved out from Toronto and my younger brother moved out from Halifax.
Then my parents decided that, if the kids were all going to live in Vancouver, they should just come out as well.
Except for my older brother, we all settled here in Vancouver, quite happily.

Thanks for this, very well put together kiddo,


Love, Diane ~

SOURCE: “A Thread of Destiny”
(July 24, 2012)

Kato, how come you pasted my old mail up there?

Well… I used the above mail in the article called “A Thread of Destiny,” which is well read by the regulars of Ameba Blog (


I see…the article took the 8th position on the above access list, didn’t it?  And I notice, “Fujiyama Geisha” was at the 12th position.

Yes, it was.  You see, all other articles are written in Japanese.  It is amazing that articles written in English were well read among the Japanese Net surfers.

So, some of your regulars are fluent in English, aren’t they?

No, not necessarily.

Why not?

You see … most of the Japanese don’t speak good English, but they can read the books written in English somehow simply because they’ve learned English at school for six years or so.

What part of the article attracted the Japanese readers?

I’d say, the lifestyle of hippies and hedonists attracted the Japanese audience.

From Hippies to Hedonists,

in Yorkville, Toronto


Driving thru Yorkville

I doubt… because the title (“A Thread of Destiny”) doesn’t suggest the lifestyle of hippies and hedonists.

You’re right…well, maybe, some Net surfers searched Madonna on the Net, and happened to come to the video of Toronto Film Festival in the article.

Madonna’s Film Premiere

Toronto Film Festival


Or some might’ve searched nightlife in Toronto.

Nightlife in Toronto

I doubt… Anyway, how come you’ve brought up Beaver Lake?

‘Cause you replied to my mail like this …

Date: Sat, Aug 11, 2012 2:00 pm
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Kato,

Thanks for this .. it was good to see you as well ~
I’ve been spending SO much time out hiking these days that I’ve been neglecting my paperwork.
I’ll read the Geisha story probably on Monday and can’t wait.
I’ll report back to you later.

In the meantime, get your butt out of the library, kiddo and take a walk in Stanley Park, okay? :)

Stanley park

Love, Diane ~


Date: Friday, August 10, 2012 8:55:36 PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Diane,

What a gorgeous day we have here today!
I’m confined in the library as usual.
What a pity!
But I’m happy to see you at noon!
What a coincidence!
I was creating the following map when you tickled me at my shoulder, and wrote a story just for you in the morning.


Please click the following link:


“Fujiyama Geisha”

…hope you’ll enjoy it to the bone.

Your playful bohemian, Kato
with a lot of love

So, you actually got your butt out of the library and took a walk in Stanley Park?

Oh yeah … and I went over to Beaver Lake the first time in my life—‘cause I remembered you wrote about it.

First time? … No kidding!

I’ve been in Vancouver for 20 years but had never seen Beaver Lake before.



Beaver Lake

I’ve realized that the lake is shrinking … I mean, I can hardly see the surface of the lake because lily pads cover it all.

But the above pictures show the nice surface with some water birds, don’t they?

Well, a friend of mine took the above pictures years ago.  Now, water grass covers the surface, and naturally I couldn’t find any beaver.  So, I watched the following video instead.

Scheels Beaver Documentary

Canadian Beaver dines out

on national emblem controversy

I suppose the beaver is an endangered species.

I hope not.

Well, actually, the beaver was once an endangered species.

Why was that?

I viewed an interesting DVD about the beaver in Canada.


“Actual Catalogue Page”

So you jotted down the above comment after watching it, didn’t you?

Yes, I did.  You know, beavers used to number ten millions in Canada. By the year of 1928, the ruthless greed of the mankind and slaughter by the hunters had reduced the beaver race to an extinct level.

Did you borrow the DVD at Joe Fortes Library?

Yes, I did.  But you cannot find one now.

Why not?

See the following list.



“Actual Location Page”

I found one DVD at Joe Fortes, but for some reason none of the beaver DVDs are kept now.  In any case, you can place a hold on that.

Tell me a good reason why I should borrow one of the above DVDs.

Well, … you’ll certainly know how to wrestle with a wild yet playful beaver.

【Himiko’s Monologue】

What a beautiful city Vancouver is!
I visited Vancouver once, and swam on the New Year’s day in 2008.

The water was warmer than the air.
Can you belive that?

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:

“Net Travel & Jane”

“Net Love”

“Complicated Love”

“Electra Complex”

“Net Début”

“Inner World”

“Madame Riviera and Burger”

“Roly-poly in the North”

“Amazing Grace”

“Diane in Paris”

“Diane in Montmartre”

“Diane Well Read”

“Wantirna South”

“Maiden’s Prayer”


“Squaw House and Melbourne Hotel”

“Tulips and Diane”

“Diane in Bustle Skirt”

“Diane and Beauty”

“Lady Chatterley and Beauty”

“Victorian Prudery”

“Diane Chatterley”

“From Canada to Japan”

“From Gyoda to Vancouver”

“Film Festival”

“Madame Taliesin”

“Happy Days”

“Vancouver Again”


“Midnight in Vancouver”

“Madame Lindbergh”

“Dead Poets Society”

“Letters to Diane”

“Taliesin Studio”

“Wright and Japan”

“Taliesin Banzai”

“Memrory Lane to Sendai”

“Aunt Sleepie”

“Titanic @ Sendai”



“Roly-poly in the wild”

“Silence is dull”

“Zen and Chi Gong”

“Piano Lesson”

“Dangerous Relation”

“Electra Complex”


“Covent Garden”

“Fatal Relation”

“Notre Dame”

“Anne Frank”

“Biker Babe”

“Diane Girdles the Globe”

“Diane in Casablanca”

“Infidelity Neighbourhood”

“Forest Bathing”

“Enjoy Ramen!”

“Sex, Violence, Love”

“Halifax to Vancouver”

“A Thread of Destiny”

“Fujiyama Geisha”

Hi, I’m June Adams.

Stanley Park is home to several other bodies of water in Vancouver.

Beaver Lake is a small lake, mostly covered by lily pads, home to fish and water birds.

As of 1997, its surface area was 3.95 hectares, but the lake is slowly shrinking in size.

One of Vancouver’s few remaining free-flowing streams, Beaver Creek, joins Beaver Lake to the Pacific Ocean and is one of two streams in Vancouver where salmon still return to spawn each year.







『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』