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Ginzan bath house

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This public bathhouse is at a historic hot spring. Because of limitations on the site, the bathhouses are very narrow, and three to four storeys high. Wooden louvres create transparent barriers, with openings, rather than solid walls which could create a sense of claustrophobia, and are in conflict with Japanese tradition.Kuma has written: 'Surrounded by heavy walls, I have difficulty breathing, while in an environment created by opening devices, I feel heightened and enhanced.'

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