#495 Thermae Romae

In ancient Rome, Lucius is a bath house designer.

He often gets stuck for ideas…

At times like that we wish we could look into the future at their tech for inspiration, right?


He literally can – a tunnel under the bath in Rome transports him to modern day Japan.

Of course.

With his inspiration from looking at Japanese onsen he makes his own spa – the Romae Thermae.

It was a comic book and an anime – but the recent popular film adaptation blasted this comedy story into the mainstream.


Lucius is played by Hiroshi Abe, a famous Japanese actor.

Check out the trailer:

The movie led Abe to win Best Actor in the Japanese Academy Awards in 2013.

They also made a Thermae Romae II in 2014.


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