SCAI Bathhouse Sento - Sento are Japanese communal bath houses in residential areas. They are for people who do not have a private bath in their home. Many Japanese feel that the sento holds social significance, a place to gossip with neighbors, get to know new people and connect where otherwise they would not. Thus, sento serve as neighborhood social centers in Japan. Sento are decreasing numbers due to the face that most Japanese homes now have their own bathing facilities.