The Sento: The History and Culture of Bathhouses in Tokyo

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

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[Image: Kodakara-yu Public Bathhouse]

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*Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is temporarily closed until May 31(Mon).

Since the Edo period, public bathhouses have been centers of rest and relaxation, and have evolved throughout the ages. The Public Bathhouse “Kodakara-yu” (1929) was relocated from Senju Motomachi in Adachi Ward for preservation at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. Kodakara-yu’s lively décor and temple-like appearance makes it a definitive example of the “Tokyo-style bathhouse.” Kodakara-yu abounds with flourishes to put bath-goers at ease, such as the veranda and garden outside the dressing rooms, the charming painted tiles, and its classic mural of Mt. Fuji. As Japan continues to change, seeing the end of the Heisei Era and the start of the Reiwa Era, and the number of bathhouses dwindle, those that remain offer people warmth, hope and a sense of community. This public bathhouse exhibition explores the history of public bathhouses in Tokyo, and the impact and role they have played in society.

Part 1: 2020/6/2-9/27
Part 2: 2020/10/24-2021/1/31
Part 3: 2021/4/22-5/30

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from June 02, 2020 to May 30, 2021
Closed from September 28 to October 23. Closed from December 25 to January 12. Open 9:30-16:30 on March 19. Open 9:30-17;30 on March 20.

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