Grandpa’s Town by Takaaki Nomura, translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum (Kane Miller, 1991).
One of my own kids favorites. Yuuta is visiting his grandpa with his mom. His grandmother has passed away recently leaving his grandpa all by himself. Yuuta and his mom worry about him living alone and try to convince him to leave.
On a short trip to the local sento where he meets all of grandpa’s friends,Yuuta is finally convinced that his grandpa will be fine living by himself.
The illustrations of the sento and the town are like you are there, walking past the green grocer and easing yourself into the hot water. An inter-generational slice of small town life in Japan.