While all the geological and geothermal rumblings under Japan have set off devastating volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and earthquakes they have also provided the 127 million inhabitants of the island nation with a very unique way of life. The 20,000 thermal hot springs that flow from the ground have become meccas, a place to bathe not only the body but the soul as well. My first Japanese hot spring experience in Beppu converted me into a furo-aholic (bath-aholic) in the early 1990s. Three decades later I still find the magical waters an endless source of both visual and visceral pleasure.
Mark Edward Harris’ assignments have taken him to 99 countries on six continents. His editorial work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, LIFE, The New York Times, Time Magazine, GEO, Newsweek, Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, The London Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Wallpaper, Vogue, Architectural Digest, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The London Sunday Times Travel Magazine as well as all the major photography and in-flight magazines. His accolades include a CLIO, ACE, Aurora Gold, and IPA awards and books including The Way of the Japanese Bath, Inside Iran and North Korea.