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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Shohekiga
障壁画
Zazen
坐禅
Cool terrace in Kyoto summer
納涼床
Uchimizu
打ち水
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Karaoke
カラオケ
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Food model
食品模型
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Asakusa
浅草
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Public market
公設市場
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
Malaysia
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Italy
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Japan
Saint Seiya
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
Wrapping
ラッピング
Metal tableware
金属食器
Department store basement
デパ地下
Candycrafts
あめ細工
ODEN
おでん
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
WASABI
山葵
URUSHI
漆芸
Nerhol
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
TABAIMO
MANABU IKEDA
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
SHODO
書道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
NOH
JUDO
柔道