Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses

1. Reflecting Kyoto’s unique culture, the sento (public bathhouse) is often used as a performance venue.

2. Nishikiyu is well-known for holding Nishiki Yukai Yose. This is a popular rakugo (comical storytelling) event hosted by the famed rakugo performer Ensho Shofukutei, who has fans in the United States. Other events such as musical performances and used book fairs are also held from time to time.

3. Funaoka Onsen is famous for its interior, which has been registered as a tangible cultural asset. Once you enter the dressing room or the bathroom, you encounter many fabulous carvings that depict various auspicious occasions. These carvings were created by a single artist over a period of 10 years. More than 70 years after completion, they still watch over the bathers.

4. Sarasa Nishijin is a café in a renovated 80-year-old bathhouse. The exterior of the shop looks like an old-fashioned traditional Japanese sento while the interior is decorated with made-in-Japan majolica tiles that give it a quaint look. It is so comfortable that you could spend hours here — while not feeling dizzy at all like you would at a regular sento!

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Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Kitchen of Kyoto
錦市場
Secrets of autumn colors
紅葉
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Character bento
キャラ弁
Decorate anything
デコる
Hot spring spa
温泉
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Shiisaa
シーサー
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Austraria
Final Fantasy X
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Final Fantasy VI
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
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Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
Cosmetics
化粧品
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
Candycrafts
あめ細工
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
SUSHI
寿司
WASABI
山葵
ODEN
おでん
RICE CAKES
KOHEI NAWA
MANABU IKEDA
TAKU OBATA
TABAIMO
SANJA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KENDO
剣道
IAI
居合
NOH
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工