Updating your home, whether it’s a little touch-up or full remodel, can be an exciting experience that makes your home more enjoyable to live in. Not only does it provide you with the opportunity to step back and really think about how you want your home to express those things you love, but it is also a chance to learn something new. One of the most unique routes to creating a space in your home that has purpose in its design is to incorporate culture. Here we will consider incorporating a very tranquil and Zen culture to your home through the Japanese art of bathing. The bathroom is a space in the home that is used daily and the Japanese have redefined this room’s purpose over time from an efficiency-based space to an area where peace and tranquility reign.
While it’s not uncommon to think of a bathroom space in the home as a place that is visited only briefly, the Japanese have a different take on this room. In Japanese culture, a bathroom is a space for rest and rejuvenation as much as it is for cleanliness. Because it is a space that is lingered in, a Japanese-style bathroom is built for enjoying, and not simply efficiency. One of the most popular recent imports when creating a Japanese bathroom is the incorporation of a small soaking tub. These are placed in bathrooms with the sole purpose of relaxing a tired body and giving you time to collect your thoughts and inspirations. Their size indicates that they are not for bathing for hygiene, but for peaceful meditation and calm.