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Discovering Japan’s true bathing traditions at Ota’s Sento

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When I think of baths in Japan I generally think of hot springs nestled amongst the mountains where you can relax whilst breathing in the crisp air and enjoy a sense of recluse from your busy life. From documentaries that we see on Japan you may even expect to share your hot spring experience with a group of monkeys. However, there is another side to bathing in Japan; one that is much closer to Japanese people’s daily lives but practically unknown to foreigners. The world of Sento.

International City – Ota Festival on Sky Day at Haneda

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Ota City is an international city that is closely connected to Haneda airport, allowing it to host the annual International City Ota Festival.

Fireworks Festival at Tama River

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August 15th 2016 marked the 69th commemoration anniversary of Ota-ku declaring itself as the Peace City, after the end of World War 2 for Japan.

My Day at the Ota City Tourist Information Center

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Friday 11th December saw the official opening of the brand new Ota City Tourist Information Center in Keikyu Kamata Station. Since I had been invited to attend the opening ceremony in a furisode (long-sleeved kimono), I started my day early at a hair salon, having my hair styled in a traditional up-do with flowery ornaments, [...]