More French Practice and Punishing My Circulation: Sunday 11th March

This afternoon’s ‘work’ consisted of sitting through more Peter Brook themed marketing, this time taking in a documentary about his life and work, filmed by his son Simon, and imaginatively titled ‘Brook by Brook’. Much like last week’s escapades I was treated to a viewing experience in French (spoken) and Japanese (subtitles), with a bit of English thrown in for good measure. From what I understood of the documentary it was pretty interesting, and Peter Brook is obviously a remarkably inspirational character, but a lot of the more interesting looking segments were somewhat wasted on me. After the film there was a Q&A with Simon, which basically consisted of people asking questions about his father and was a bit dry, but at least half of it was in English!

The new onsen, shockingly good.

This evening Richard introduced me to a new onsen, which as well as having an outdoor naked swimming pool also featured a couple of electric baths! As the name would suggest, these bathing spots consisted of small tubs of water, through which a mild electric current was running. I say mild, but the second of the baths half knocked me out, and has almost certainly affected my ability to reproduce. There was also a ‘cold sauna’, which basically entailed standing in a single refrigerated chamber whilst being blasted by sub-zero air. And no, the irony of paying for the pleasure of punishing my circulation was not lost on me.


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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