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Sentō Bathhouse Print

Sentō Bathhouse Print

Geri Coady
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by Geri Coady.

A sentō (銭湯) is a type of communal bathhouse found in Japan. These establishments were once the norm for people to visit for daily bathing routines, but since the second half of the 20th century when bathtubs became a more standard feature in Japanese homes, their numbers have decreased significantly. According to a survey in 2018, there are now fewer than 4000 bathhouses remaining countrywide. Still, dedicated bathhouse regulars insist that sentō are not just about bathing—they carry social and cultural importance, too. The time spent bathing and relaxing with fellow community members in such an intimate environment has a clear influence on maintaining strong relationships. This four-colour riso print has been inspired by traditional shin-hanga woodblock printing and printed on Context Natural 170gsm paper.

Size: 29.7 x 42 cm (A3).
Frame size: 30.5 x 43 cm.
Open edition, signed.

Geri Coady is a Canadian illustrator, designer, and author living and working in Nottingham. She expresses her passion for Japan through illustration and aims to share her work with like-minded Japan lovers worldwide. Her ongoing project, Geri Draws Japan, features a variety of original riso prints, stationery and cards, enamel pins, embroidered patches, stickers, and more.