WHAT-IS: "The Bathhouse (油屋, Aburaya) is a core location of character development in the Japanese animated film Spirited Away. It is owned by the witch Yubaba, who made a promise to hire anyone asking for a position as a worker." (spiritedaway.wikia.com)But the symbolism is beyond just the facade of a building, as it has been admitted that the animated film by Studio Ghibli was essentially "about prostitution and the corruption of children.", with Hazao Miyazaki mentioning;
"I think the most appropriate way to symbolize the modern world is the sex industry. Hasn’t Japanese society become like the sex industry?"The Bathhouse in question might well symbolize "brothels", circa Edo period "bath houses" (Source).
Now that THAT's out of the way, check out the video below for the "Spirited Away Bath house preview" 10 anniversary environment project by elazulestudio.com!