Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thermae Romae is the title of an amusing Japanese manga series about hot springs. A Roman hot spring designer has all sorts of enlightening experiences and culture shock as he travels back and forth between ancient Roman hot springs and modern Japanese hot springs.  He has no control of when he  slips through time, and he always arrives and departs to the surprise of other bathers while bathing. This best-selling manga has been made into a movie, which has been reviewed by Mark Schilling in the Japan Times.


The manga is not yet available in English, but luckily for us, we can watch dubbed animation based on the manga series on Yahoo.

"Thermae Romae." © 2012 FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK/TOHO/DENTSU/ENTERBRAIN. All rights reserved.
Cover of ‘Thermae Romae’ vol.1. (C) Mari Yamazaki