The Amayori Sento — Japanese Bathing Rituals


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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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The Japanese Wellness Ritual of the Daily Soak

Earlier this August, I had an experience in Japan that shifted my perception on bathing. I was staying at the house of a friend’s family and, as in true Japanese culture, I was offered to use the bath first. In Japan, where almost everyone bathes every night, it is traditional for families and guests to share bath water (perfectly OK since in Japan one showers off first). I took my soak and lingered as I often do — for 30 minutes or so. When I got out of the bath I had a sense I did something wrong. I begged my friend to tell me if I made a cultural faux-pas. She pulled me aside and explained that I had...

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How to Cool Off with a Summer Bath

I write about this topic every summer. I just love it, and as the heat takes hold, the bath becomes my cooling oasis. When most people think of slipping into a bath at the end of a long day, they think heat and steam. The summer bath is so much more: it’s cooling, quenching, and rejuvenating. I have always believed that a summer soak is the next best thing to a refreshing dip in the ocean. Here is how to take a cooling summer bath at home: Set Up: Get a cool glass of water ready and place it near the bath. Bring in your iPad so that you can listen to Amayori’s music playlists while you bathe. Turn down...

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The Legend of Empress Kōmyō

From Japanese bathing culture, there is one woman whose name I have come across again and again: Empress Kōmyō. As with all women, there are many facets to her life story, but I have been particularly intrigued and inspired by her connection and influence on bathing. A true empress and thoroughly elegant woman, Empress Kōmyō was known for her great beauty and equally for her compassionate and charitable nature. Hailing from the aristocratic Fujiwara clan of the Heian era, she was a devout Buddhist and was remarkably humble. It is said that she was devoted to personally bathing the poor as an act of charity (bathing or sponsoring baths for the poor was often done by aristocrats of the day)....

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The Shizumi Luxury Bath Salt Ingredients: Time-Honored Japanese Skin Care & Wellness

The Shizumi Luxury Bath Salts are a dedication to traditional Japanese wellness and Japan’s artisanally grown ingredients. These ingredients have been used for skin care as well as in the Japanese diet for centuries and are truly time-honored treasures. We have hand-selected each ingredient for its effect on the body (both skin and overall wellbeing), as well as the integrity of the growing and harvesting process. Here is a chance to learn a bit more about the incredible ingredients that go into this very special wellness treatment. The Salts: Dead Sea Salts, Israel: Unrefined and therefore extremely high in minerals, Dead Sea salts are soothing and softening to the skin. They also soothe and relax the muscles. Pink Himalayan Salt,...

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