Cultural References

Sento & Onsen
Japanese Living

taken from Secret Onsen

Sento are the large public bathhouses often shown throughout the series. Onsen are the outdoor, open air baths. Sento are found in most cities and small towns and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Onsen are popular tourist attractions and many large commmercial resorts have developed around them. Onsen usually emphasize togetherness and being part of a group.

Relevance to Ranma

Sento, onsen, bathouses and hotsprings are all ubiquiteous with Ranma . Characters seem to find one whenever they need a hot bath.


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