In “Found in Translation,” Slate’s film critic Dana Stevens describes her recent tour of Japanese film—from Lost in Translation to Ringu—and compares real-life settings to their appearance on the silver screen. What was it like to bathe in a sento (a public bath), which was “reputedly one of the inspirations for the enchanted bathhouse at the center of Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning Spirited Away”? Did Bill Murray’s character totally under-appreciate the “awe-inspiring” hotel pool in Lost in Translation?
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