Thursday, March 5, 2009
Different Bathing Practices
The sauna was originally built as an unheated addition to the house. Although there was an outside door to the sauna, the main access was through a portal cut through the log walls above the bathtub. In winter sitting in the tub was often a refreshing event with a cold wind drawing steam from the pitiful 8" of water in the tub. Only after the Japanese bath experience did I begin to query the modern western tradition of sitting in an expensive dirty puddle. Japanese people were astounded that we would even consider such a bizarre practice. And a morning shower? It left the soul uncleansed and made our Japanese hosts discretely curious over the state of our beds.