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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Antique fair
東寺弘法市
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Decorate anything
デコる
Character bento
キャラ弁
Monja
もんじゃ
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Yakatabune
屋形船
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
International Avenue
国際通り
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Japan
VOCALOID
Taiwan
Mobile Suit Gundam
Japan
Kiki's Delivery Service
USA
Gunbuster
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
Japanese knives
包丁
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Japanese sake
日本酒
Daruma
達磨
WHISKY
ウイスキー
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SUSHI
寿司
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
MANABU IKEDA
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
KOHEI NAWA
MENBURYU
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
KARATEDO
空手
KYUDO
弓道
SADO
茶道
SHODO
書道