About our Bath
Catch yourself a lucky omen in our jacuzzi.
The tile art on the wall surfaces of the bath area is by artist Mie Ishii, who spent two consecutive nights painting them by hand at her Soejima private atelier for Arita ware in Kyushu in 2009. At her Soejima atelier, after baking the tiles in a kiln, she sent them piece by piece to our ryokan in Tokyo, where Ishii, some people involved in construction and myself connected the tiles together and, after writing a number on their back side, asked a tile craftsperson to finish them. Late at night after the tiles were finished, I discovered that one of the tiles of the left foot of an image of a dancing man was upside down, and returned it to its correct position. Even today, that remains a pleasant memory of mine.
When I was a child, I would make my way to bustling public baths every night. There, I would witness all kinds of scenes and occurrences, and gained a wealth of knowledge and common sense. Also, when the New Year’s holidays season would arrive, I would greatly look forward to how the large painted images on the bath walls would change. That enjoyment has been passed down to the jacuzzi at Andon, where we hope you will discover relaxation.