Sentō Bathhouse Riso Art A3 Print

£25.00

  • This four-colour riso print has been inspired by traditional shin-hanga woodblock printing, and would be the perfect addition to relaxing bathroom decor.
  • Printed in Glasgow, the UK by the acclaimed Risotto print studio. Each print is A3 size (297 x 420 mm / 11.7 x 16.5 in) and is printed on 250gsm heavyweight 100% recycled and FSC® Recycled certified Context paper.
  • Each print is signed with a traditional Japanese red ‘hanko’ artist stamp. Prints are packaged in cello bags with rigid cardboard inserts and shipped in flat mailers.
  • Please note that frames are not included.

 

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Description

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.

A common feature found throughout many bathhouses in the Kanto region of Japan are the large, painted murals of Mount Fuji looming over the premises. The very first mural was painted in 1912 in the Kikai-yu bathhouse in Chiyoda, Tokyo. The painter, originally from Shizuoka, wanted to make customers happy by painting a symbol of his hometown for all to enjoy. The mural drew attention and its popularity inspired other bathhouses to follow suit. Today, there are only three remaining mural painters left in Japan, including 38-year-old Tanaka Mizuki—Japan’s first and only woman mural painter.


What is a riso print?

These prints use risograph technology, a method of printing developed in Japan in the mid-1980s. It can be described as a mix between screenprinting and photocopying. The risograph process produces prints with extremely vibrant, crisp inks. Sometimes these inks overlap during the printing process to create interesting and unique details—these slight variations and colour shifts are part of the charm of riso, adding character and a handmade-feel to the art. These soy-based inks also have a lower environmental impact.

Please note: Riso soy ink is similar to newspaper printing in that they never get fully absorbed into the paper, so take care not to handle the print or touch the ink directly to avoid any risk of smudging.

Geri Draws

geri coady

Hello, everyone! My name is Geri Coady—I’m an illustrator and designer with a passion for Japanese travel, food, and culture. Seven years ago I worked as an art director in a Canadian advertising agency, but for the past six years I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator in Nottingham, England, with clients located around the globe.

My other interests include photography, coffee culture, and running. I study Japanese daily to work toward my goal of being fluent. In February of 2017, I appeared in the TV Tokyo program 「世界!ニッポン行きたい人応援団」also known as “Who Wants to Come to Japan?” in English. You can read more about my experience filming for Japanese TV on my blog post.

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