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27 February 2016

Sento, public bath, the soap scent in town. [scent of Tokyo]

Sento, the public place, community and hygiene place of the town

The smell of soap reminds us evening has come. In the evening, the smell of soap was coming from the flat, house and Sento. When I passed the people with red face and soap smell each other, I realised he or she had been to Sento to take a bath. The bathroom in the general house in Japan was next to the kitchen and sometimes faced to the street and had the window in the high position of the ground floor. The vapor of the bathroom come through the window with soap smell.

the Sento Entrance in Edogawabashi area. The entrance for gentlemen and laies were completely separated.

How to enjoy the Sento, pablic bath

The Sento was the public bath service for the people. They had the facility of the large geyser with chimney in the building. The entrances of  bath facilities were separated as Ladies and Gentlemen. After taking off your shoes, there were the space for changing cloth. The Sento has the rule and habbits for the other user can enjoy the bath with comfort. First you should wash your body not to bring the dirtyness into public bathtab. The prastic pail printed Kerorin is the most traditional style. After wash yourself, you can go to the bathtub. Then you must not dip your towel into the water to keep the water clean. After enjoy the hot water, you should wipe well not to bring the water drops into the dressing space to prevent the peson from slip on the floor. Sento is also public space for local communities. The elder people come to Sento to see their friends or neighbours.
The metroporetan Tokyo government has also the finantial assistance service to visit Sento for elderly people as they need.

The scent of soap from the person coming back from Sento reminds us the sweet memories with our families. When the geyser was broken or on over capacity of the bathroom when the relative visited us on the holidays, we used to go to Sento as unusual exciting experiences. The chilled milk from the refregirator was also the unexpected events.



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