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...

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