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The Japanese Bath (pb)

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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. The Japanese Bath delves into the aesthetic of bathing Japanese style and the innate beauty of the steps surrounding the process. The book includes sixty full-color photos that guide you how to create a Japanese bath in your own home.

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Overview

In the West, a bath is a place one goes to cleanse the body. In Japan, one goes there to cleanse the soul. The Japanese Bath delves into the aesthetic of bathing Japanese style and the innate beauty of the steps surrounding the process. The book includes sixty full-color photos that guide you how to create a Japanese bath in your own home.

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Delves into the aesthetic of bathing Japanese style, and presents lovely color photos illustrating different materials, styles, and designs of baths, bathing rooms, and gardens. There is information on selecting colors and lighting, and on planning and constructing this refuge of relaxation. Includes a glossary. The authors write on the arts and crafts movement and on Japanese aesthetics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423625872
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,103,957
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Yoshiko Yamamoto, lover of history and historical writing, write on the Arts and Crafts movement, bungalows, craft, and food. Yamamoto is both a student of life and of history. Yamamoto co-owns The Arts and Crafts Press in Berkely, California, publishers of The Tabby: A Chronicle of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Bruce Smith lover of history and historical writing, write on the Arts and Crafts movement, bungalows, craft, and food. Smith was the editor of American Bungalow News and associate editor of American Bungalow magazine. Smith co-owns The Arts and Crafts Press in Berkeley, California, publishers of The Tabby: A Chronicle of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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It is just on the edge of evening. You have been surrounded by the push and bustle of people all day, and, finally, just now, you have returned home. Stopping to listen, you hear the late-afternoon breeze in the tall pine tree outside. You sit quietly on the back porch, peel and eat a tangerine, then walk a short while in your garden. Back inside, your clothing comes off easily and you put on a lightweight yukata. Walking to the bathhouse through the corridor overlooking the garden, you reach down to check the water temperature in the bath, then look up to see out the window and through the trees that the sun is just settling down between the distant hills. You hang the yukata on a hook and sit on a wooden stool in the washing area; you are now at the right height to look directly out into the trees. With the wooden bucket, you scoop water from the tub and pour it over yourself, rinsing off all the noise and bother of the day. You do this twice more, making sure that when you step into the bath, you will not carry with you any dirt or refuse. You lower yourself into the bath as the last sliver of the sun drops below the hills, then stay there ten, maybe fifteen, minutes, watching the colors change, grow in intensity, then settle back into a warm softness. Stepping again into the washing area, you scrub your body, starting with your hair, your ears, your neck, working your way down to your toes. After rinsing carefully, once again you sit back into the bath. It is growing dark now and suddenly seems quieter. Just barely you can hear the sound of the breeze.

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Table of Contents

6 Acknowledgments

9 Introduction

11 Bathing

13 Entry

21 The Datsuiba

23 The Outside within the Inside

31 Created Scenery

40 Color

43 With Darkness and Without

45 Yuagari (after bath) and Yusuzumi (enjoying the cool of the evening)

46 Without Silence

51 Bathing Japanese Style

55 With and Without Clothing

59 The Time of the Day

71 Materials

73 About Wood

83 The Tools of Bathing

89 Bathing Together

90 Glossary

92 Resources

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