Enya Honami illustrates sentōs, the characteristic Japanese public baths
Enya Honami's illustrations are made to be looked at and studied in order to discover all the beauty hidden in the popular Japanese public baths.
The Japanese illustrator Enya Honami came to this art form almost by chance, in fact, we could say that it was fate. After graduation, Enya found a job in an architecture studio, but after a short time, smothered by the amount of work and stress she got sick and doctors advised her to take a rest. During this break, she discovered the sentōs, the characteristic Japanese public pay toilets. Unique places where the culture of personal hygiene and cleanliness of the body, seen from the Japanese tradition as an act of purification, has its highest expression.
It is precisely these places that become the main subjects of the illustrations of Enya, who with a style that pays particular attention to detail manages to restore the atmosphere of the sentō. Besides being beautiful, these illustrations are not only made to be looked at in this way, superficially but to be studied and experienced.