Taking Care of the Body & Soul

October 22, 2015

 

Japanese Baths Background

The Japanese Bath is a cultural phenomenon in Japan that has been practiced for thousands of years. The original baths began in Buddhist temples in India, spread to China, and then came to Japan sometime between 710–784. Baths were far more than just for hygiene, they involved ritual spiritual attainment of cleanliness and purification. In Shinto in particular, water is sacred.

 

Today, baths are still viewed as an essential daily ritual for hygiene, health, and relaxation. Baths are also significant to Japanese life, serving as a respite from the rigors of Japanese work life. Prior to the 20th century, there were not many private domestic baths, so bathing was done communally. Most people now have private soaking baths in their home, but bathing is still viewed as an important social activity. Communal baths bring all people together and transcen...

September 24, 2015

What is Saké ?

Saké is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. A special type of rice is used, called huzō kōtekimai (saké rice). There are at least eighty types of saké rice. What makes the rice unique, is that the grain more hearty, contains less a smaller amount of protein and lipid, and has a greater starch component called shinpaku. The Japanese are known for their great state of health because of their diet. Saké is a staple beverage in Japan and also may have much to do with Japanese health and longevity.

 

What makes Saké good for you?

Several studies show that components from saké increase good cholesterol and improve blood circulation, which contributes to good heart health. In another study, it was found that there is a substance found in saké that encourages fat cells to absorb sugar in the blood, which helps lower blood sugar levels. Saké is very...

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