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Rodent Relaxation: Hot Baths Help Capybaras Through Winter (Japan in Photos)

Capybaras soaking in a hot winter bath are a regular winter attraction at Izu Shaboten Zoo in Shizuoka Prefecture. There are five new entries in this year’s rodent rotenburo (outdoor bath), as cubs born in September take to the gently steaming water. The bath will be open until April 8, 2018, with occasional special variations like yuzu and other fruity additions, particularly at weekends. Pho…

“Sentō” Paradise: Ten Great Japanese Public BathhousesMachida Shinobu

Sentō expert Machida Shinobu has visited over 3,000 public bathhouses around Japan. Here he compiles a list of 10 establishments that is sure to please any sentō aficionado.

The Story of “Sentō”: A History of Public Bathhouses in JapanMachida Shinobu

Public bathhouses have long been popular in Japan, for reasons of community as much as hygiene. But when did they first emerge and how have they changed over the years? This article provides an overview of the history of sentō.

Soaking up the Benefits: Japan’s Hot Springs TraditionMatsuda Tadanori

Japanese people have loved onsen since ancient times for the comfort they bring to mind and body. We introduce the beauty benefits and anti-ageing effects offered by hot springs while examining the relationship between the Japanese people and onsen.

Professor Onsen’s Top Hot SpringsMatsuda Tadanori

Japan is blessed with over 3,000 onsen (hot-spring) areas, but here we look at 12 specially selected by Matsuda Tadanori, a leading expert who has been dubbed “Professor Onsen.” These are hot spring destinations whose invigorating waters and age-old traditions set them apart.

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