Let’s go to a Sento(a public bath) in Kyoto! Sento Activist, Sanjiro Minato teaches us what kind of charms Sento has and how to take a bath correctly


2020.03.27

NOCTIVE

Japanese people love taking a bath and have many unique traditions found nowhere else in the world. Even the interior design of a typical Japanese house is fitted with the bathtub next to the shower for people to enter the bathtub after cleaning themselves first.

There is even a common song that goes “I’m taking a bath and it feels so good!” which shows just how much Japanese people love to take baths.

The history of the Sento or public bath started around 400 years ago in the Edo-era. The sento culture itself kept gaining popularity with over 22,000 Sentos all around Japan in the 1960s. In big cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka where living areas were relatively small, there would be 1 to 2 sentos in a typical station as a popular place for relaxation and refreshment.

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