The start of bath culture in Japan extends back to the 6th century. In the Buddhist teachings that came to Japan at that time, washing dirt off the body was considered to be an important duty for those who serve Buddha. When the grand Miyazukuri Sento was built during the period of recovery from the Great Kanto Earthquake in , it became very popular and since then Miyazukuri has become a typical Sento building style in Tokyo. The tradition of painting a mural of Mt. Fuji in the main bath area started in when the owner of Kikaiyu requested a painter to draw something that would make children happy.
Traditionally these bath houses have been quite utilitarian, with a tall barrier separating the sexes within one large room, a minimum of lined up faucets on both sides and a single large bath for the already washed bathers to sit in among others.
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