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The Japanese Bath

by Bruce Smith

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This book is more a concept book/inspiration rather than a 'how-to' when it comes to the Japanese bath. There is no real history of the Japanese bath, or social-exploration. Nor is there that much in the way of the nuts-and-bolts of how you would build one in your own home (there is some guidance, but not enough if that is your intention).

That said, it is inspiring. As one who has declared that when we finally stop moving and build our own house it will have a Japanese style bathroom, I really liked this book. But I will be looking for something a little more specific if my plans ever come to fruition. ( )
1 vote ForrestFamily | Aug 31, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 158685027X, Hardcover)

In the West, a bath is a place one goes to cleanse the body. In Japan, one goes there to cleanse the soul. Bathing in Japan is about much more than cleanliness: it is about family and community. It is about being alone and contemplative, time to watch the moon rise above the garden. Along with sixty full-color illustrations of the light and airy baths themselves, The Japanese Bath, delves into the aesthetic of bathing Japanese style and the innate beauty of the steps surrounding the process. The authors explain how to create a Japanese bath in your own home. A Zen meditation, the Japanese bath, indeed, cleanses the soul, and one emerges refreshed, renewed, and serene.

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In the West, a bath is a place one goes to cleanse the body. In Japan, one goes there to cleanse the soul. Bathing in Japan is about much more than cleanliness: it is about family and community. It is about being alone and contemplative, time to watch the moon rise above the garden. Along with sixty full-color illustrations of the light and airy baths themselves, The Japanese Bath, delves into the aesthetic of bathing Japanese style and the innate beauty of the steps surrounding the process. The authors explain how to create a Japanese bath in your own home. A Zen meditation, the Japanese bath, indeed, cleanses the soul, and one emerges refreshed, renewed, and serene.… (more)

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