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Asians dip into Japanese-style hot spring baths

Bathing facilities are popping up in China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia

Bathers relax at a bath operated by Japan's Gokurakuyu Holdings in Changchun, in northeastern China.

DALIAN, China -- Japanese-style hot springs or onsen are bubbling up across East and Southeast Asia as Japanese companies and others tout the wonders of a good soak.

The growing popularity of communal bathing is due in part to the growing number of people who have become familiar with Japan's furo (bath) culture after visiting the country.

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