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"Sento at sixth and Main"
The Only remaining Japanese Public
bathhouse intact in the U.S.
At the base of the Panama Hotel is the entrance to what was once the center of daily life in Nihonmachi, Japantown, one of the most thriving communities of its kind in the country. Of hundreds of such communal bathhouses in Japantowns across the country, this is the only one preserved in tact, in place. The bathhouse served generations of Nesei (Japanese Americans) in the years before World War II. After work, after school, after dinner, after ball games immigrants came to soak at the Sento because life was hard, hot water was relaxing, bathing facilities were scarce and it was a traditional cultural activity.
two pitted marble baths are still in the basement, along with rusty
shower heads (that nobody used, even then), neatly numbered wooden
lockers and hand painted signs advertising local businesses perfect ly
Paula Bock "Seattle Times"
For tour information call Jan Johnson at the
605 1/2 South Main Seattle, Washington 98104
Phone: (206) 223-9242 Fax: (206) 624-4957 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org