The Amayori Sento — How to Take a Japanese Bath at Home


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How to Take a Japanese Bath at Home (Part 1): Setting Up

Read our complete guide to the Japanese bath at home by clicking here. Japanese bathing isn’t just about its amazing skin and health benefits. Above all, it is about mindfulness, deep relaxation, and letting go of your cares of the day. One of the things that struck me most upon my first Japanese bath experience was the vibe. There is something magical about the water, the scent of hinoki cypress (a wood often used to make Japanese baths), the minimalism – all of these elements create a sensorial experience that allows one to connect with themselves on a level that they never thought possible. One of the most important parts of a relaxing bath is setting up beforehand. After doing...

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Japanese Bathing Wisdom for the Entire Family

In a traditional Japanese home, the bathwater is shared among family members. This practice perhaps comes from the Japanese tradition of the sento (public bathhouses) or bathing in public hot springs. Though unfamiliar to Westerners, the practice really does make perfect sense. Keep in mind that a shower precedes a Japanese-style bath One never enters the bath dirty regardless of whether at a public bath or home. Sharing bathwater is not only good for the environment, but also makes life easier for everyone involved. Imagine how well your family would sleep if everyone took a bath before bed. There is also something comforting about knowing that everyone has gone to bed calm and soothed. Interestingly, there is a bathing hierarchy...

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How to Take a Japanese Bath at Home (Part 2): The Ritual of the Bath

I have written before on how to set up for the Japanese bath at home, which outlines helpful first steps in creating the mood for a tranquil, meditative environment. This is such an important part in Japanese bathing and creating an experience as opposed to an everyday bath. To read that journal entry, please click here. Today I want to focus on the actual ritual of bathing. This is wisdom I learned along the way and continue to experience during my travels to Japan. Bathing in this manner can be a life-changing tool that can help you achieve a more calm, fulfilled, balanced life. Though I love the idea of bathing on a daily basis for relaxation, be realistic about...

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