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Takara Yu | 高良有

Tokyo, Japan


Delve into the historical tapestry of Takara Yu (タカラ湯), one of Tokyo's most venerable sentos, guided by Sho Ikushima. In an insightful conversation with the owner, Koichi Matsumoto, Sho offers a glimpse into the rich legacy and unique features that make Takara Yu an enduring cultural gem in the heart of Tokyo.

 

About Takara Yu | 高良有


Established in 1927, Takara Yu stands as a testament to the resilience of tradition, having weathered the challenges of the Second World War. This venerable bathhouse has become an integral part of Tokyo's cultural landscape, providing a haven for relaxation and communal well-being for over nine decades.


The distinguishing feature of Takara Yu lies in its commitment to maintaining separate bathing spaces for men and women, a practice that fosters inclusivity and respect for diverse patrons. A distinctive touch is the weekly switch in locations between the genders, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience the serene garden, accessible exclusively from the left side of the facility.


As you explore the labyrinthine corridors and soothing waters of Takara Yu, Sho Ikushima's narration unveils the untold stories embedded in the walls of this time-honored establishment. From the intricate tilework that whispers echoes of the past to the communal ethos that binds patrons together, every aspect of Takara Yu exudes a sense of history and cultural continuity.


For those eager to delve deeper into the enchanting narrrative of Takara Yu, an illuminating article by Japan Kuru provides additional insights. Learn about the architectural nuances, the cultural significance, and the ongoing efforts to preserve and celebrate this cherished sento in the heart of Tokyo.


 

Crew

Director, DP: Michael La Burt Producer: Sho Ikushima of 034Productions

Editor: Alex Albers Sound Mixer: Steven LeFever


Cast Sho Ikushima Koichi Matsumoto, Owner Gaz Mentzer Genki Harada Ritsu Kato Ippei Shintaku



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