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— by Nishino Takashi: A young couple in jeans climbs the slope, looking up at the two-story Taishō-yu bathhouse. The Western-style building, its wooden walls painted pink, was constructed more than a century ago in 1914—third year of the Taishō era, lending the establishment its name. After some hesitation, the pair part the noren, traditional curtains hung out to show the bath is open for business, and step inside…

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