Bathing in Japan is almost ritualistic. The tradition seems to be almost the same, no matter where I go:
- Bathing always takes place in the evening, often after work and before dinner.
- Bathing often includes taking an actual bath, not just a shower.
- The baths are typically narrower and much deeper than those in the west, so you can sit and be fully submerged in water.
- The bath water is usually shared by family members. The bath is filled with hot water and people take turns sitting in it after they are done showering. I was pretty thrown off and confused when I was invited to do the same thing…
- The entire “bathroom” is meant to be used as a shower, so there is a drain for the entire room.
- There is usually a small stool in front of the shower and people often wash themselves while sitting down.
2 thoughts on “Ofuro (bath)”
It is common etiquette in Japan to be clean before you sit in the hot bath. And in the public baths, it is frowned upon to jump straight into the hot bath!
On Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 10:53 PM, Farming Japan wrote:
> iblokh posted: “Bathing in Japan is almost ritualistic. The tradition > seems to be almost the same, no matter where I go: Bathing always takes > place in the evening, often after work and before dinner. Bathing often > includes taking an actual bath, not just a shower. ” >