Retreat and Reinvigorate

Soaking up California’s spa culture

In San Francisco’s vibrant Japantown district, buses and bikes whiz by, teens congregate and people text as fast as they walk. But inside the Kabuki Hot Springs, the city vanishes. The only sounds in the dimly lit, Japanese-style communal baths are the gentle splashing of water and occasional strains of soothing music.

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I am going away with him to an unknown country where I shall have no past and no name, and where I shall be born again with a new face and an untried heart.” –Sidonie Gabrielle Colette