There is a public bathhouse called Takamatsuyu along the main street near Meguro Station. This photo is the entrance to the bathhouse. It seemed to be open for business. However, it was still before dinner time, so I didn't see anyone going in and out of the bathhouse. Most people would come here after dinner and before going to bed. If I go through the curtain now, I may have the big bathtub all to myself.
In spite of the fact that the ancient Romans were so fond of baths, there is no equivalent to the Japanese public baths in Europe today. The only ones that exist are therapeutic springs.
That's why modern Westerners seem to find the Japanese public baths and the hammams of Muslim cultures so cross-cultural. Although it is said that the Roman Empire, with its immense wealth and power, was able to run public bathhouses, or that the spread of Christianity made it unacceptable for men and women to show each other their skin, the idea of soaking in hot water must not have had much appeal to them in the first place.
|Sep 2016 ARCHITECTURE TOKYO|
|ENTRANCE MEGURO PUBLIC BATH|
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