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The Japanese Bath

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In the West, a bath is a place one goes to cleanse the body. In Japan, one goes there to cleanse the soul. Bathing in Japan is about much more than cleanliness: it is about family and community. It is about being alone and contemplative, time to watch the moon rise above the garden.



Along with sixty full-color illustrations of the light and airy baths themselves, The Japane
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Hardcover, 1st edition, 96 pages
Published April 24th 2001 by Gibbs Smith Publisher (first published March 12th 2001)
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Mary
Got this from the Kura Door in the Avenues and can't wait to one day try a traditional Japanese bath there. The book is gorgeous and soothing...the peaceful photographs as well as the author's distinctly Japanese voice explaining all aspects of the Japanese bath to Westerners. I had no idea there were so many nuances and differences in how varying cultures bathe. It inspired me to be more mindful in my own daily care. I wish I had the money to put a Japanese bath in my home!
Rebecca Huston
A book that I found very enjoyable to look at, but there are some severe flaws in some of the information that it gives. Still, for design inspiration and how to bring a Japanese feel to your bathroom, this is good for ideas. Three and a half stars rounded up to four.

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S.J. Pajonas
This book makes me want to rip out both my bathrooms and redesign them as Japanese baths. Also, I'm dying to go back to a rotenburo now. Thanks book.

Gorgeous photography and a good range of all different kinds of baths.
Sarah
I love a good soak in the tub, but my tub is shallow and sad. This book made me long for a deeper, calmer, more lovely tub.
Kid
would only be two stars but for the ideas it gave me for when (if ever) i get to build my dream house.
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