Wood-fired, hi-tech Tokyo

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SENTO/BATHHOUSE
by Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

My ward of Tokyo, Ota-ku, has as the largest concentration* of sento, Japan’s traditional bathhouses (Wiki).

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).

wood-fired-sento-primative

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.

wood-fired-boiler-primative

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Previously, I posted about sento baths in:

 


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