所 在 地:東北地方各地
階  数:地上1階
構  造:木造


Location: various places in the Tohoku region
Principal use: temporary public bath(disaster support project for the Great East Japan Earthquake)
Construction type: temporary
Total floor area: 8.70㎡~19.87㎡
Number of stories: 1 story
Structure: wooden
Active period: 2011








This project set out to provide baths to the stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

We trust that buildings protect us against any disaster. However, we must change this notion. When the earthquake and tsunami came to Tohoku region, buildings became weapon attacking for people. Many people got away from buildings and they were paralyzed with fear. By this earthquake disaster, the word of “building is safe” became myth. Nothing was left in both houses and buildings by the earthquake and tsunami.

On the year before the earthquake, we designed and built ZENKON cafe at Takamatsu port in the Setouchi Art Festival 2010. “ZENKON” is one of the Buddhist word. “ZEN” means good thing and KON means roots. “ZENKON” means that if we do thin and tiny virtue (roots) every day, it becomes big (tree) someday. In Shikoku Island, entertaining pilgrims on a pilgrimage for eighty-eight holy places of Shikoku called ZENKON. Moreover, place for entertaining pilgrims called ZENKON Inn. At that time, members who run ZENKON cafe gather again and launch ZENKON-YU project for supporting the Great East Japan Earthquake.

As wood had become scarce after the disaster, the baths had to be built with readily available materials. First, an easily assembled (or dismantled) tub was set up in a wood-flamed room with assize of between eight and twenty square meters. Then, a water-heating system that be operated with any non-electric heat source, including wooden debris, gas, or kerosene, was installed. Transporting the wood from Kagawa took a day and a half, and assembling the units on-site required another day.

The first set of bath was built in Minami Sanrikucho on April 7. After that, we had installed 16 more baths by cooperation of many people. As many of the victims had been unable to take a bath for over a month, the units prompted a joyous reaction.