The Amayori Sento — Summer


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Cool Off With This Summer Ritual

For most of us, the summer heat is in full swing and it seems almost impossible to step out of the humidity. Here at the Amayori loft, we have a summer treat that is too amazing not to share. I also love to do this at home, especially after a day outside in the sun. Stepping out of the heat is really a two part process. There is the physical sensation of cooling down and there is also the mental or emotional aspect of allowing yourself the space and time to let your thoughts cool off. Many of Japan’s traditional homes are not equipped with air conditioning, and so surrounding oneself with cooling foods, drinks, fabrics and even design elements...

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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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How to Take a Relaxing Summer Nap

I love a nice weekend nap during any season, but there is something especially languorous and deeply relaxing about a summer nap. They are wonderful for replenishing the body and mind after a day in the hot sun. A late afternoon summer nap allows us to wind down and refresh ourselves which prepares us for a fun summer evening. When I get home after being out in the sun I will always take a shower. Before taking a nap, I will drink a large glass of water. Sometimes it’s hard to notice how dehydrated the sun makes us. Drinking a glass of water before a nap will help you wake up easier. I find if I don’t do this, I...

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Using Visualization to Stay Cool

One of the things that I love about summer in Kyoto is the summer motifs that seem to be everywhere. Patterns of water, waves, dragonflies and even burst of fireworks appear on everything from tableware to kimono. Colors that are light and refreshing are used for everything from chilled sweets to hand fans. Not only is this done for aesthetics, but it is believed that looking at these summer based motifs and can actually help you feel cooler.  Kyoto is home to some of Japan's most esteemed geisha. You will never see a geisha sweat. It's almost as if they are beyond it. They have a calm, collected way of dealing with the heat. They don't let the heat take over them,...

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How to Take a Summer Bath - 2017

If you have been with Amayori for a while you know that every summer I write about one of my favorite things – the art of the summer bath.  Summer bathing can have a cooling, rejuvenating effect on the body and mind. Every year I seem to discover little tips and tricks that make the experience even more special and as always, I love to share these tips with you. Japan has a tradition of something called yusuzumi, which translates to “enjoying the cool of the evening after a hot summer day”. The experience of creating your own yusuzumi ritual is such a special treat and something to look forward to all year long. Here is my summer 2017 yusuzumi...

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