【Japanese style bath, purity and Japanese spirit】 Beautiful stories from far away From Japan
2023-07-11 ｜ TOSHI
❚ Japanese style bath, purity and Japanese spirit
Dear followers and readers, how are you? I’m TOSHI, a Japanese woman.
I’m still not used to it, but I’m starting to enjoy life here in Tokyo metropolitan area.
I like my current apartment. It’s a small room, but it’s conveniently located!
The only disappointing thing is that the bath along with the toilet and sink are in the same room. It’s both a shower and bathtub.
Japanese baths, like at home, hot springs and public baths, have a separate washing area in addition to their bathing area.
This is a bigger difference than you might think!
Usually, in Japanese baths, before soaking in the bathtub, you use the “Kakeyu(かけ湯)” in the washing area.
It’s a pail to scoop up hot water from the bathtub and pour it over your body several times before enter the bath.
The hot water in the bathtub is often shared with other people, so it’s a pre-washing so that you don’t bring your own dirt into the bathtub.
And when you relax in the bathtub, the dirt in your pores will be easier to remove, so go up to the washing area and wash your hair and body carefully.
And if you rinse well and then soak in the bathtub, even if you might have missed a spot, it can still be washed off.
In foreign countries, there are cases where the soap sud is not completely washed away with hot water or cold water, right?
It may be due to differences in water quality, climate, and even the culture itself, but I’m not used to it, and it’s sometimes a culture shock to see someone from Western countries not completly wash away the soap suds.
❚ Pleasure of purity
Now that you have cleaned your body, you should wear fresh undergarments and comfortable clothes and, if possible, everything you wear over them but be clean as well;
you can drink cold tea or a beer in your cleaned room, and you will feel a strange sense of happiness.
Many hotels provide new disposable slippers made of paper or cloth, just in case.
Shintoism, a prominent Japanese religion, believes in purity, maybe there is a correlation involved there too.
Missionaries who came to Japan from Europe during the Sengoku period praised the cleanliness of Japan.
❚ The actors are prohibited from bathing only in the shower⁉
It is said that the actors of a large Japanese theatrical company are prohibited from bathing only in the shower, as opossed to bathing.
My admiration for a private hot spring【Beautiful stories from far away From Japan】
❚ Various bath additive, not only aroma bath salts
Various bath additive, not only aroma bath salts, like spa powder,Onsen spa powder, bath salts are popular in Japan. There are but also 100 yen and several hundred yen single-use packs of bath bombs and various other bathing products.
Even those who have successfully immigrated to other countries from Japan miss Japanese baths.
I also found a public bath nearby, so I plan to go there.
A good bath is at the heart of the Japanese culture.
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