Japanese local aunties are so kind and friendly.
Do you want to communicate with Japanese local aunties? Mostly they are so kind and friendly. Especially if you are non Japanese and coming from outside Japan, they must be so excited to talk with you even though they don’t understand English.
A SENTO that I would like to introduce today is the place where those local aunties are gathering and you can experience the warmth of Japanese local aunties here.
This SENTO, named HISA NO YU, is located at KOTO Ward of Tokyo.
First, let’s go to TOMIOKA HACHIMANGU Shrine!
This SENTO is located close to TOMIOKA HACHIMANGU Shrine, a very famous shrine in Tokyo. This shrine is also called FUKAGAWA HACHIMANGU Shrine. The festival held in this shrine in every August “FUKAGAWA HACHIMAN MATSURI” is one of the three biggest traditional festivals in Japan.
The place around here is a kind of traditional town in Tokyo, and you can see both modern buildings and old traditional buildings, restaurants, and shops.
See? There is a chimney of HISA NO YU over the TORII (Gateway) of the shrine. It excited me very much!
On the way to here, there is a river and you can see beautiful cherry blossoms in spring.
Once you pray that you may be able to come across good SENTO or ONSEN in the future at TOMIOKA HACHIMANGU Shrine, let’s go to HISA NO YU now!
SENTO is usually well blended in town as it has been a part of local community, and you can feel it even now by seeing it perfectly blended in the street. When you come closer to SENTO, you may feel the good smell of spring or laundry because the coin operated laundry is equipped at many of SENTO. When you want to find SENTO in town, one of the good ways is to rely on your sense of smell. Rather than searching the exact location of SENTO by google map, it is sometimes very interesting to walk around the town relying on your sense of smell.
There it is! Yellow signboard! This is HISA NO YU.
When I clicked the pictures of the exterior, a local auntie who came here by this red bicycle suddenly talked to me. “Hi! Are you coming here to take a bath?” This auntie seemed to be very familiar with SENTO, and taught me a lot of trivia about SENTO for around 15 minutes outside.
I said to her
“If you have just finished bath, you will be cold by staying outside so long.”
Then she answered
“No, I’ve just come and am going to bathe from now~”.
“Then, why don’t you take a bath together!”
Thanks to this auntie, I became to make friends with the staff of this SENTO quite soon, and I bought a “SENTO MAP” for 300 yen which the auntie staff recommended.
I clicked the picture of this auntie staff who was sitting at BANDAI. BANDAI is an attendant’s booth almost all traditional SENTO has which is located right between the gate of mens bath and womens bath.
She looks a bit nervous, haha. She told me that there used to be another SENTO near here but closed some time ago. This SENTO is owned by her family and they take turns to sit here at BANDAI.
It was not permitted to click a picture of inside bathroom, you can see some pictures at the below site. Although it is written in Japanese, you can see how inside the bathroom looks.
As you can see from the pictures in the link above, the inside bathroom has a big painting of Mt. Fuji which most of the traditional SENTO also have. Both inside and outside the bathroom are somehow nostalgic and retro inspired, you can feel as if you are at home. There is a Jacuzzi inside as well.
Not just this HISA NO YU, usually SENTO is the place where local people gather not only to take a bath but also communicate with each other, and of course they are so welcome to communicate with you even though you are not local. This time, thanks to these funny and kind aunties, I felt like becoming a part of their community which made me very happy and peaceful. Communication starts from community.