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Sumo-themed Airbnb apartment comes with a 'sento'-style bath

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By Ben K, grape Japan

Asobi Systems' MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON project, which aims to spread and promote Harajuku's kawaii pop culture throughout the world, launched a unique and very popular Airbnb apartment in 2018 called MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS. As we introduced on grape Japan, its first room had a cherry blossom theme, and its second one in 2019 was inspired by Japan's famous paper-folding art of origami.

Now, for its third offering, MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS brings us DOSUKOI, a room inspired both by sumo wrestling and sumo culture, on the one hand, and sento 銭湯 public bathhouses, famous for their casual mood and their walls often painted with images of Mount Fuji and other traditional motifs.

MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS: DOSUKOI

Features like a giant sumo wrestler's hands and a bath area with a large cypress wood bathtub and a painting of Mount Fuji create an extraordinary world view.

You'll appreciate the bold design from the entrance to the living room and the public bath space. Not only a fun place to stay with your friends, it's also a good option for families with young children who can enjoy the public bath in a safe, comfortable and fun environment.

Entrance

The tiled roof and the noren 暖簾 curtains re-create the entrance of a sentō public bath.

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Living Room

The lights represent sumo wrestlers' tsupparite hand thrusts and the furniture has beige and white accents, the same colors as the sumo ring.

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The walls are decorated with paintings of sumo wrestlers, creating a powerful impact.

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Bathroom

The beautiful cypress wood bathtub is spacious enough for up to five guests and bath salts are available for guests who desire them. Above, you'll see a square canopy-like curtain just like the one draped from the giant raised roof suspended over the sumo ring at a sumo hall.

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The shower facilities recreate an authentic look of a sento, with added whimsical accents such as goldfish swimming on the walls.

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Soak in the bath while enjoying the view of Mount Fuji painted by Kiyoto Maruyama, one of only three full-time sento wall painters still working in Japan.

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For those old enough to drink, you can also enjoy sake during your bath.

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Bedroom

Each of the bunk beds has two single beds, and up to 5 people can be accommodated by combining storage beds.

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InformationAddress: 2-18-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Access: 8 minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae (Harajuku) Station via the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines.

Occupancy: 1-6 people

Price: ¥40,000 (does not include handling and service charges)

*1 room 1 night (subject to change depending on the period)

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