Top 4 Sento, aka Public Baths (Notes from Under the Tatami Mats–78 … My Adventures in Japan)
The Japanese have taken the art of bathing to a whole new level; transcendence.
These neighborhood bathhouses consisted of not much more than 10–20 shower stalls and a central hot tub. Simple but effective.
For your pleasure. Your ultimate pleasure.
Nevertheless, the Japanese have not abandoned the art of bathing. Instead, they’ve improved it, and taken it to a whole new level.
Over the past few decades, a number of large, ultra-modern bathing complexes have opened in most Japanese cities.These sparkling new facilities might have 50 or more shower stalls, several hot tubs of various temperatures, a cold tub, a Jacuzzi, a jet bath, an outdoor bath or two, a tea bath, an herbal bath, an electrical bath (Yep, an electrical bath. Zap!), a steam sauna, a dry sauna … and maybe even a waterfall bath. All for your pleasure and relaxation. And mine. (Image source)
Note re the aforementioned “shower stalls”: When taking a shower, the Japanese sit on small stools.
Which makes a lot of sense.
See my comment in Tatami Note #12 re "perfection" .
Introduction to – “Notes from Under the Tatami Mats” (right-click on title)
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Top 6 Nicknames for Yours Truly
Top 3 Meanings of “Koorin” When Written in Kanji
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Links to my Other Series …
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