Tokyo (January 15, 2020) – The TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020 Executive Committee is pleased to announce that “TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020” will be held from May 26, 2020 as one of the “Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13” events, organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture). This is a major art project held at about 550 public bath houses in Tokyo.
The history of sento (Japanese public bath house) dates back to the Muromachi period. Sento has been one part of Japan’s particular “forgiveness” culture based on the premise that people remain clean regardless of their age or background. It has also given way to new art unique to sento such as tiles art, painted murals, architecture, and even textiles. This event, set in public baths that can be said to be unique to Japan, and the artists who embody TOKYO now, will unite to express their vision of Tokyo 2020.
TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020
Period: Tuesday, May 26 – Sunday, September 6, 2020
Venue: About 550 public bath houses in Tokyo
Official Website: https://tokyosentofestival.jp
Full press release (PDF) is available here.
Five artists including Mari Yamazaki and Daijiro Ohara will be part of Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13 “TOKYO SENTO Festival 2020”
Please see here for more about Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13.