Steam Dreams Exhibition Catalogue
Steam Dreams: The Japanese Public Bath
05. Local Sentо̄, A Surviving Tradition
Eloise Rapp and Simonne Goran
14. The Preservation of Sentо̄, an Urban Communication Hub
19. Japanese Tile Culture Cultivated in Sentо̄
25. The Art of Bathing in Japan
35. Excerpt from How To Take A Japanese Bath
45. Exhibition Images
105. List of Works
Header image: Mitake-yu, Minami-Uwara. © Stéphanie Crohin
VIDEOS BY CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS
Director, Bunkyo Youth Society of Architecture
Haruka Kuryū studied architecture at Waseda University before studying abroad in Venice, and is now a representative of the groups Sentō & Neighborhood and Bunkyo Youth Society of Architecture. Kuryū taught architecture at university before initiating projects to regenerate people’s interest in public bathhouses and their surrounds, showcasing the diverse charm of these regions.
Ambassador for the National Sentō Association
Stéphanie Crohin is an author, photographer, lecturer and journalist specialising in sentō. She is also the first official sentō ambassador as nominated by Japan Association of Sentō Culture. She has published two books, one about the art of sentō and a Tokyo sentō guidebook. Crohin is deeply engaged in sharing the charms of sentō and spreading Japanese bathing culture far and wide.
Curator at Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi
Nodoka Murayama graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. She worked as an assistant at the University’s Department of History of Crafts before becoming curator of the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu. Following her exhibition on Tajimi’s mosaic tiles in 2009, Murayama led the setup of the Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi. Shortly after the museum opened she was appointed as curator, where she continues to serve to this day.
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