The Joy of Bathing

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Hello, everyone. Today, I’d like to talk about one of my favorite activities: bathing, especially the joy of soaking in a bathtub.

The Importance of Bathing

I used to find bathing a hassle. Looking back, that was a big mistake. Perhaps it’s because I’ve gotten older, but I’ve rediscovered the value of a good soak. Interestingly, daily bathing in a bathtub is a unique aspect of Japanese culture. It’s not just the wealthy or the royals; even ordinary people indulge in this practice.

The Unique Bathing Culture of Japan

In Japan, even newborns are bathed in small tubs about a week after birth. For many Japanese, a shower alone isn’t enough to relieve tiredness or stress; soaking in a bathtub is essential.

A typical Japanese household bathtub holds about 200 liters of water, which can be costly in terms of water and heating. Additionally, systems that automatically heat the bath or manage the water temperature and level are not common in many countries outside Japan.

The Solution: Foot Bath

This led me to think: why not use a foot bath for relaxation? In Japan’s hot spring resorts, there are services where you can soak just your feet in real hot spring water. You can easily replicate this at home.

How to Do a Foot Bath

  1. Prepare two buckets large enough for one foot each.
  2. Use a bath thermometer and fill the buckets one-third full with water.
  3. Add boiling water, then cold water, to adjust to your preferred temperature. The ideal range is between 38°C and 42°C.

Precautions

  • Have a drink ready before you start.
  • Use powdered bath additives to avoid waste.
  • If you have heart or blood pressure issues, consult a doctor beforehand.

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Advanced Tips: Beating the Summer Heat with a Foot Bath

You can also use a foot bath to stay cool in the summer with minimal cost and effort.

“Foot Bucket Ice Water”

  1. Fill two buckets with ice from your refrigerator.
  2. Add water and soak your feet.

It’s incredibly cold and refreshing. The human body warms or cools from the extremities. In winter, your feet and hands get cold first, and if left unchecked, this coldness spreads, potentially leading to illness. I’ve heard stories about this.


Keep your body warm and maintain your health with bathing or foot baths. Give it a try and see for yourself!

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