Takuya Shimbo, the third-generation owner of public bathhouse Daikoku-yu, cleans the floor before its daily opening amid the coronavirus disease pandemic in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

‘We have to change to survive’: Japanese bathhouses’ future in doubt amid plunge in customers

  • Although the Japanese government kept bathhouses open during the pandemic, the number of customers taking communal baths, long a tradition, is way down
  • The owner of one bathhouse, Takuya Shimbo, has plans to enhance it with craft beer and live music, hoping to point to a way of keeping the businesses going
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Takuya Shimbo, the third-generation owner of public bathhouse Daikoku-yu, cleans the floor before its daily opening amid the coronavirus disease pandemic in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
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