|Japanese Insecticide Next to the Bath|
Which would you prefer to have around the water that you bathe in, fly swatters or pesticides?
|Do you see the pesticide can?|
As readers may have inferred, I do not want to bathe in a hot spring with pesticides, so I was not a happy bather when I saw a spray can of pesticides "conveniently" attached by a string to a post on the rim of the outdoor bath (露天風呂） that I had been appreciating just milliseconds before spotting the offending substance. The can was obviously there for the "convenience" of bathers who could grab it and shoot the spray at the irritating horseflies.
Many years ago, I was in a similar outdoor bath in a natural environment, which included horseflies. The owners of this spring had chosen to leave flyswatters, not spray cans, near the bath. When necessary we bathers would simply swat at them. Strangers laughed at our misses and warned us of horseflies diving in for revenge from behind.
I learned some pretty stupid Japanese puns about horseflies at this hot spring. Horseflies are called abu in Japanese. Danger is translated into Japanese as abunai. In the Japanese language nai is a morpheme used for negation. Greasy food is aburapoi. How do Japanese horseflies taste? Aburapoi. Why is it dangerous when you cannot see Japanese horseflies around you? Abunai wa abunai.
|Polluted Outdoor Bath|