Last weekend after coaching at my スミス英会話桂校, my students and I had a nice soak at the local sento and afterwards went out for food and drinks in nearby Arashiyama. The sento owner took over the business from his father. He`s always very welcoming whenever my students and I show up. I especially like the steam room which just cooks!! He burns wood (free from demolished houses) for heat, unlike most other sento`s that use oil. I`ll never forget observing the Russians inside their sauna`s (banya) in Siberia, taking turns beating each other with birch tree branches….. supposedly to help `relax`. Using whatever relax method you prefer, ya`all have a great Golden Week!