About sentôAnonymous asked you:hello, what is sento means? I see differents name for japanese bath. And why you choose this name? is it that you really love bathing in japan? and do you say sento or sentu or anything else? here we have hot sources so I’m curious. your work are beautiful!
Unlike onsen (which are hot springs), sentô use coal to heat up the water. In Japan, many people don’t have a private bathroom in their house so they go to sentô.
As you can see on the photos above (taken from a beautiful book), sentô are old fashioned buildings, with landscapes painted on the walls. Because of modernity, many of them are closing and they are the symbol of a vanishing world.
We love sentô because of their beauty and their nostalgic atmosphere.
Some of them are now used as tea house and we’d love to move our atelier in a disused sentô.
PS: you say sento (with a long “o”) no sentu.
If you want to see more about them, please watch “Mizu no Onna”, a wonderful film that takes place in a sentô.