Japanese bathtubs are becoming more and more popular throughout the western world and, as people redecorate and redesign their homes, more people are opting for the Japanese method of bathing than the traditional western method.The western bathtub is meant to be an all encompassing vehicle. It is meant to be washed in as well as to soak in. Because of this western bathtubs are usually kept empty and the water is usually run at a lower temperature. Most western bathtubs accompany tall shower heads so that people stand in the actual bathtub while taking a shower.
The Japanese bathtub is not meant for actual bathing. Japanese bathtubs are meant for soaking and relaxing. The actual bathing a person does is done outside of the bathtub in a separate area. In a traditional Japanese home, the bathtub is kept filled with water — water that is hotter than typically experienced in western bathtubs and the bather will actually do his bathing and skin cleaning outside of the tub. This cleansing area is usually next to the tub and consists of a small seat, a hand held shower head and a small container of water. The water in Japanese bathtubs is rarely changed because the people who sit in it are already clean.
Japanese bathtubs are becoming popular for a few reasons. Instead of being low and long, they tub is usually tall and narrow. The bather is meant to sit on a seat in the tub and the water will typically come up to his or her shoulders. In some smaller bathrooms, the bather will sit on the floor of the bathtub with his knees bent up against his chest. The bather will soak in the water for up to an hour before getting out and covering the tub.
The space savings of a Japanese bathtub are just one reason that Japanese bathtubs are gaining in popularity. The availability of a spa-like soaking experience is the other. The water in Japanese bathtubs is run at a much hotter temperature than people usually experience in their bathtubs and showers. This helps to relax the muscles and open the pores so that toxins can be released from the skin. Usually people have to pay quite a lot of money for this experience at a spa, but with Japanese bathtubs you can have it at home!
Finally, Japanese bathtubs can save quite a lot of energy. Because the water does not get changed often and a person’s bathing water is kept to a minimum, the house consumes less water and less electricity. This reduces the home’s carbon footprint while still offering family members a relaxing and cleansing bathing experience every night.
The only problem with Japanese bathtubs gaining popularity seems to be in familial arguing over who gets to be the first person into the tub and how long each person gets to spend bathing before the other family members get impatient. Japanese bathtubs are cheaper, easier to maintain and environmentally healthy. Why aren’t you shopping for your Japanese bathtub right now?