The Amayori Sento — Japanese Wellness


A   J O U R N A L   O F   B E A U T Y

A Peek Inside a Japanese Bathhouse

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 separated. Each side is separated by a door or a noren curtain. When you first walk in, there are lockers or baskets so that you may stow your personal belongings. Since bathing is always done in the nude, you will also need to store your clothing or yukata (a cotton kimono often worn around Japan’s hot spring towns). This storage area is usually separate from the washing area. Next is the washing area. In Japan, washing is always done before soaking and is considered...

Continue reading



Ashiyu: Effortless Relaxation from Japan's Hot Spring Towns

Ashiyu are foot baths that are found in some of Japan’s hot spring town. They are beloved for their lighthearted atmosphere, as they are an easy way to enjoy Japan’s mineral-rich waters with little effort. My last trip to Japan was in mid-spring. There was still a chill in the air, especially in the more remote areas that I ventured to. Toward the end of the trip, I began to feel under the weather. Though I wanted to get into the many nearby onsen (hot spring baths), I didn’t have the energy to undress and dress again. Ashiyu became a relaxing, healing alternative. The mental and physical benefits are many and mimic those of a full-body bath. The mental benefits...

Continue reading



A Healing Journey

I always try to keep things light in this journal, and debated writing about what I am about to share for over a month. But then it hit me: If I don’t share something that could help people, what is it all for? It is my sincere hope that this helps even just one of you. If you have a friend who can benefit from reading this, please pass it on. This past June, I was diagnosed with lupus. It was almost a relief, as this meeting with my doctor explained health issues that had been occurring for years, such as what I thought were frequent bouts of the flu, rashes, thinning hair, fatigue, and more. When I reviewed my...

Continue reading



How to Buy, Brew, Store & Order Sencha Green Tea

Not much comforts the heart and mind like a cup of well-prepared green tea. Stopping for a moment during a busy day and enjoying a small cup of tea can easily bring us back to our center. There is a magical beauty to its simplicity. Green tea also has incredible health benefits and is known for its strong antioxidant profile. It is good for the body, both internally and externally. Topically, green tea is one of the most revered Japanese skincare ingredients available, and its consumption is one of the reasons that Japanese women tend to have such radiant skin. Today, I want to talk about brewing the perfect cup of green tea because I have seen so many people...

Continue reading



How to Take a Japanese Bath at Home

I am often asked about taking a Japanese-style bath at home. Bathing in the Japanese manner is life-changing. I hope that the info you will find below inspires you to bathe with intention on a regular basis. Atmosphere One of the most important parts of the at-home Japanese bath experience is setting up beforehand. After doing this a few times you may find that your bathroom changes entirely. This isn’t so much of a long, drawn-out process as it is a few simple steps that will make your bathing ritual even more enjoyable and authentic. Start with a Clean Bath: This can be done whenever you have extra time, perhaps while doing a face mask or while waiting for dinner...

Continue reading