• SHARE

Reading manga can teach you a lot, be the subject wine (“Kami no Shizuku [Drops of God]”), gourmet food (“Oishinbo”) or the arcane world of feudal-era concubines (“Sakuran”). But the Japanese bath? Isn’t that a subject Japanese are immersed in almost from Day One? Why would they need to read about it in a manga?

But to Lucius, a fictional bathhouse architect from Rome at its ancient height, Japanese baths are an endless font of wonder, inspiration — and frustration. He is the hero of Mari Yamazaki’s hit comic “Thermae Romae” (literal translation: “Roman Baths”), which has sold more than 5 million copies in four paperback editions, as well as spawning a new film directed by Hideki Takeuchi.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)