In Japanese, there is a concept called 'akibae', which loosely translated means 'fall glow'. In autumn, sometimes there is a soft glow at dusk just as the sun is settling behind the clouds as it slips below the horizon, giving everything a golden tint of color. Just at that moment, I happened to check on our outdoor bath here at Kamesei Ryokan, the 100-Year Bath, and was treated to this glorious scene of the mist raising up off the onsen bath with the yellows and deep reds of the maple leaves, the soft light from the 'andon', and the bright yellow ginkgo leaves in the foreground. The elusive 'akibae'!
It makes our outdoor bath feel like a secret bath hidden away in a quiet woods.
I admit -- I'm a bit biased as I made this bath with my own hands. But doesn't it look magical?