The public bathhouse, along with the barber’s shop, was an essential part of the town life in Japan of the Meiji period. The bathhouse “Azuma-yu” was probably built in the 1900s, and though smaller in size (only 18 feet wide), is typical. It stood on Chita Peninsula near the harbor of Kamesaki, Handa City, Aichi Prefecture. It is a plain two-storied wooden building and the wall is of Japanese battened siding. The building is separated into the men’s and women’s bathhouses, each consisting of a dressing room and a bathroom. There was a salon on the second floor where only men were admitted.

This bathhouse was rebuilt in the Meiji-Mura in 1980.


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