In Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning fantasy “Spirited Away,” the main character, Chihiro, survives by working at a sento (bathhouse) bathing spirits. The sento is depicted as a wooden structure several floors high and as a lively, hectic place where creatures take care of the guests, including a stink spirit who drives all of the other visitors out when he arrives for a bath.

The Miyazaki sento is based on several buildings spread about Japan. One of those is Kanaguya, a four-story, wooden ryokan (Japanese-style hotel) that will host “Onsen Sound & Art Village,” a two-day festival of ambient music scheduled on March 28 and 29.

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