The Sento is the public bathhouse. I LOVE the sento and so do the kids.
Thereis only one left in our little one horse town as almost everyone has their own bath now.
Inside is fabulous, all the old mosaic tiles, the ads on the walls hark back to the days of
4 or 5 digit phone numbers.
If you go into Osaka they have lots of new bathouses, with all sorts of fancy spas and massage machines, different types of fragrant waters, but I love this old one.
At the entrance is an elevated seat where someone collects your money and you can buy little tablets of soap or a wash cloth, tiny shampoos and conditioners.
The person in the hot seat gets a bird’s eye view of both sides the mens and the womens.
Thereare a couple of battered old bench seats you can relax on when you come out of the hot water.
The shoe boxes and lockers are all the originals with wooden lock and key devices on them that a 3 year old could break into.
So we have been frequenting it a lot in he past week as this is our bathroom.
I am really glad my boys love going, and that they go into the men’s side now.
They ahve got their little routine down, the washing, the scrubbing, the soaking, then out into their pjs and they sit down with a cold drink and a comic while Doris and I are still fannying around onthe other side the wall.
Sunshine does not come with us , she is at that funny age when she would rather have full body piercing than take a bath with her Mum and little sister 😉