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Body cleaning practice was brought to Japan in 6th century (A.D. 500) together with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan. 

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Buddhist temples prepared bathroom for serving to general public.  This practice had been enjoyed by people during the long period all the time in history. 

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In Edo era, in early 17th century (around 1615), current style of bath became popular. 

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People enjoyed so-called gSentoh or bath house, where tea service and game plays were prepared in addition to bathing, paying some fixed charge individually. 

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Joint bathing of men and women stayed for long period but it was prohibited by law in 1890 (Meiji 23). 

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gSentoh or public bath is made of large deep bathtub and broad washing floor. 

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Neither of body washing nor towel dipping are permitted in the bathtub everywhere. 

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Warming in bathtub and cleaning at washing floor must be separated. 

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This practice is true all over Japan including every hot spring spa. 

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Current gSentoh charge is \420 per person in Chiba Prefecture. 

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Recently in many places, there appeared gSuper Sentoh where massage, steaming, restaurant and other enjoyments are available at preference with additional expenses. 

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Japanese people are enthusiastic in taking bath.

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