More interesting is that here in “hi-tech” Tokyo, Ota Ward still has many wood-fired bathhouses.
As you can see below in the photos, my local sento/bathhouse has large smokestack (without any pollution controls).
Shown below (just left of the “KID” graffiti) is the wood-fired boiler for the hot baths. The boiler is fueled by wood scrap from Tokyo’s constant, 20-30 year cycle of demolition of craphousing.
Previously, I posted about sento baths in:
- Fading vestige of Japan: the dorm sento (3Yen / 2006-12-08/)
- Tokyo’s last Mr. Scrub (3Yen / 2010-08-25)
- ♪l like Public Bath♬ (3Yen / 2009-06-15)