My girlfriend and I went to Beppu, Japan’s most famous hot-spring town. It has more hot water bubbling out of the ground than any other city on Earth. The town is literally steaming.

Among Beppu’s attractions are 8 地獄 (Jigoku) which translates into “hells” because the water and steam coming out of the Earth bubbles and boils like the image of hell in so many cultures.

These photos were taken at the Onishibouzu Hell where the Earth’s heat causes pools of bubbling mud. To the eye it looks like bubbles and splats, but if you freeze it in time there are some quite interesting and artistic forms that only exist for a fraction of a second.

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