Sento bathhouse painter Toshimitsu Hayakawa was one of the most remarkable people I’ve photographed. Sadly, he passed away in 2009, only a couple of years after I took these photographs.
One of the two last sento bathhouse painters in Tokyo, he was in his seventies and still working.
He was a modest and kind man who lived a tough life, but did he job with care and dignity. He had a lot to teach.