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The Japanese Bathby Bruce Smith
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In the West, a bath is a place one goes to cleanse the body. In Japan, one goes there to cleanse the soul. Bathing in Japan is about much more than cleanliness: it is about family and community. It is about being alone and contemplative, time to watch the moon rise above the garden. Along with sixty full-color illustrations of the light and airy baths themselves, The Japanese Bath, delves into the aesthetic of bathing Japanese style and the innate beauty of the steps surrounding the process. The authors explain how to create a Japanese bath in your own home. A Zen meditation, the Japanese bath, indeed, cleanses the soul, and one emerges refreshed, renewed, and serene.
Book News Annotation:
Delves into the aesthetic of bathing Japanese style, and presents lovely color photos illustrating different materials, styles, and designs of baths, bathing rooms, and gardens. There is information on selecting colors and lighting, and on planning and constructing this refuge of relaxation. Includes a glossary. The authors write on the arts and crafts movement and on Japanese aesthetics.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Time to watch the moon rise over the garden — the aesthetic of the Japanese bath exquisitely captured in photography and text.
Table of Contents
Introduction — Entry — The datsuba — The outside within the inside — Created scenery — Color — With darkness and without — Yuagari (after bath) and Yusuzumi (enjoying the cool of the evening) — Without silence — The family bathing — Bathing Japanese style — With and without clothing — The time of day — Food and drink — The sensuality of the bath — Making a bath — Materials — About wood — Wood and water — The splash of the water : planning & constructing a waterproof room — The community of bathing — Bathing together — Hot water — Our bath at the end of the year.
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