The Amayori Sento — Japanese Bathing Rituals

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An Interview with Mark Edward Harris

May 03, 2020
 We recently welcomed the addition of one of my favorite books to the Amayori store: The Way of the Japanese Bath by Mark Edward Harris. I recently had the chance to interview Mark. We discussed hi...
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A Peek Inside a Japanese Bathhouse

February 06, 2020
Walk into any bathhouse in Japan, and you are sure to find the same basic things, whether you are bathing at a Tokyo sento or a remote rural onsen.  Men’s and women’s baths are almost always separa...
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Two Ways to use the Aromatic Body Wash

April 22, 2019
The Aromatic Body Wash is more than a skin cleanser—it is a mood-shifting skin nurturer. Based on the Japanese ritual of showering before taking a bath, there are two ways to use the Aromatic Body ...
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The Japanese Wellness Ritual of the Daily Soak

September 19, 2018
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 b...
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How to Cool Off with a Summer Bath

July 10, 2018
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 ...
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