Saishikikaiyu Chawan \ My Interpretation
The first Fuji mural has been drawn in Tokyo, Kikai-yuキカイ湯 in Kandasarugakuchou in 1912 by Kawagoe Koshiro川越広四郎 to entertain the young customers while they were taking their bath. As a powerful emblem for Japanese people the most painted subject is Fuji-san, but you can also found Japanese countryside landscape, mountains...However there are some exceptions due to Japanese superstition, for instance you cannot paint red momiji because they fall during autumn or monkey, because "saru" 去る in Japanese means "to leave".The painters are called "yokujo-haikeiga-eshi" 浴場背景画絵師 or "penki-eshi" ペンキ絵師 and only 3 remains in Tokyo nowadays, to perform this unique job in Tokyo.DOKODEMOSENTO
"祭司" (Saishi) The finest priestesses from the Temple of Venus at your command.
Kikai-yuキカイ湯 The first public bath to adopt a painting "Kikai-yu" (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)painting on public bath walls started in 1912, the first year of the Taisho era. "Kikai-yu" (name of a public bath), opened in 1884 in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. During expansion in 1912, this public bath was the first to put a mural on the bathtub wall. For Kikai-yu, the intention was to make children happy. When we hear "public bath", we imagine several things like the bandai (reception counter), high ceilings, wicker baskets, and the Kerorin brand bucket advertisements. Among them, the murals have a special place in people's memories.