Common bathing practices in traditional Japanese culture
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Discovering the Art of Japanese Bathing
The ritual aspect of Japanese bathing demonstrates their refined connection with water. Unlike in many other cultures, the ritual part is less connected with the process of washing or cleaning the body and is much more concerned with providing a sense of wellbeing – in the form of relaxing the body through warming it, improving blood circulation, and in reducing levels of stress.
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Rituals of bathing are deeply embedded into Japanese culture. This is a nation whose landmass takes the form of an archipelago, and whose landscape is rich with the results of volcanic activity and with the rivers and coastlines that divide and define its beautifully diverse terrain. The heritage of a culture built in this topography is, quite naturally, one with a healthy respect for the power of nature – in all its elemental, environmental, and exceptional expressions – and a connection with natural forces a natural feature of the psyche of its people.
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Dimensions: L 135, D 75, H 70-85
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Dimensions: 120 x 120 H 54.5
Material: fibre resin
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There are three distinct bathing places in Japanese culture
Ofuro: in your own house (‘furo’ is the tub, the ‘o’ is an honorific)
Senso: communal/public bathing
Onsen: hot springs
Ofuro: ELEMENTS (domestic setting):
- The bathing area is always separate from the toilet area
- The body is washed and rinsed with clear water before entering the bathtub
- The temperature of the water is between 38ºC – 42ºC (relatively high) – a hot temperature to help the body relax
- For this reason, a bath is normally taken before bedtime (to help with falling asleep, by removing stress from the body)
- Bathtubs are deeper than the norm (60cm – 70cm)
- The practice is to submerge yourself, neck deep, into the bathwater and to take the time to sit, warm the body, and soothe the muscles and the mind (30 mins)
- The bathwater, remaining clean and warm, is shared by family members along a scale of family hierarchy