The Sento: The History and the Culture of the Bathhouses in Tokyo

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

poster for The Sento: The History and the Culture of the Bathhouses in Tokyo

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*In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum will introduce an online advance reservation system (by date) from June 1, 2021

Public baths, which spread and developed as places for people to relax in the Edo period, have existed to this day, changing their appearance with the times. The “Koho-yu” (1929), which was relocated from Senju-Motomachi, Adachi, and is now preserved and open to the public, is a building with lively decorations and an exterior reminiscent of the architecture of shrines and temples, and represents the characteristics of a “Tokyo-style public bathhouse” with its garden and veranda outside the changing rooms, tile paintings on the bathroom walls, and painted pictures of Mt. Fuji.

The number of sento (public bathhouses) has been decreasing year by year, but they continue to bring warmth and hope as places where people can interact with each other. This exhibition explores the history of public bathhouses in Tokyo, introducing the role they have played in society and the changes they have undergone.



from June 26, 2021 to September 12, 2021
Closed on July 26, August 2 and 30. By appointment only.



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