Sento

If you get used to a Japanese bath, please try to challenge the “Sento(銭湯)” as a next step. Sento is a public bath, It’s a Japanese – style spa. One charge is less than 500 yen.

Sentou, 銭湯

Sento is a service that was born when the housing of Japan was still underdeveloped and there was no bath in each household. Even now, although baths have become widespread, there are many fans of it. Because unlike a family bath, we can enjoy the following experiences.

Large Bathtab

We can soak our body in plenty of hot water and extend our legs.

In addition, swimming and dancing in the bathtub is a violation of manner.

Jacuzzi

We can obtain a massage effect, since bubbles blown from the walls and floor of the bathtub vigorously.

Electric bath

Weak electricity is flowing in hot water in bathtub, we can receive modest stimulus.

Sauna

It is literally a sauna. There is a dried “dry sauna” and a steam filled “mist sauna”.

Cold water bath

It is a cold water bath. Immersed after a hot sauna is effective in restoring fatigue by exercise.

The basic rules of Sento are as follows.

  • We have to use it naked.
  • We wash our bodies and hair ahead of being soaked in a bathtub.
  • When we leave the sauna, lightly wash away sweat with a shower before entering the bath tub.
  • Do not soak your towel in the bathtub.
  • We can rent towels for a fee. Shared soap or body soap, shampoo & rinse type are equipped.

I hear that many foreign countries have no habit of being naked in front of people, except for young children. But if you get used to it you will not mind. Of course, you can partially hide it with a towel.

By the way, in the early 2015, a Sento opened in front of the J Park Hotel on Mactan Island, alongside the Metro supermarket. At that time, I stayed on that island, so I only used it once. But it seems that it was closed after a while. Maybe there were few customers. Because short-stay travelers will not use. Therefore, customers are Japanese English students who stay for a long time or Japanese staff of diving service.

Shovel snow off the roof

The Japanese archipelago has an elongated shape, and the northern side is colder. So of course Hokkaido, Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata and Niigata are heavy snow areas. Inland prefectures such as Nagano, Yamanashi, Gunma and Gifu also have a lot of snow. In a heavy snowfall region, residents are going in and out of the second floor.

Shovel snow off the roof is indispensable in heavy snow areas. The shovel off is mainly the task of dropping snow from the roof of an old house. When snow is piled up on the roof of the house, someone climbs the roof and drops snow on the ground with a shovel. It is very hard work, because the roof is unstable on the scaffold and the snow mass is heavy. But if someone does not do this, the weight of the snow will destroy the roof or the house.

shovel snow off the roof, 雪下ろし

If so, we think that it would be nice if they put an electric heater in the roof, but that is not the case. In snowy country where temperature is low, even if snow melts, it freezes soon. Although I do not know the principle, hot water freezes faster than water. However if they put enough firepower on the roof that can be evaporate the snow, the fuel cost will be huge .

People in the Philippines who do not have winter may think that “Why do you live in such a cold place?” I do not even understand the thoughts of individuals, however, in cold lands, delicious crops can be collected.

Snow quality

Even the same snow is different in nature depending on the region. The snow falling in Hokkaido is called “Japow”, and for skiers it is powdery snow of the highest quality in the world. Therefore, many visitors come from abroad for snow activity.

Conversely, snow falling in the northern part of my hometown Kyushu contains much moisture, so it is sherbet like. The amount of snowfall is also small. So when we roll snowballs and make a snowman, muddy dirty doll is finished.

Snowman, 雪だるま