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There is a scene in the screwball British movie “Carry On . . . Follow that Camel” in which Jim Dale and Pete Butterworth are buried up to their necks in the desert after they upset the local sheikh. As they are slowly being cooked by the sun, a turbaned extra suggests that their eyeballs might make a nice snack for some passing scorpions.

In truth the latter detail may be more my hyperbolic imagination than fact, but that grisly image haunted me ahead of a recent visit to the New Steam Sand Bath Center (Sunamushi Kaikan Saraku) in Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture.

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