Unlike typical Western bathrooms, in Japanese homes, toilet, sink, and bath & shower are in separate rooms. One disrobes in a changing room with a sink and then enters the waterproofed bathroom. Adjacent to the bath, a combined shower and faucet is installed at a low level against one wall (typically 40-50cm above the floor). The Japanese sit down on a small stool to shower. They tend not to run the water constantly. Instead, they get themselves wet, stop the water and wash themselves, then rinse with the shower head or by pouring hot water from the faucet over themselves with a small bucket or ladle. There is usually a mirror above the faucet for men to shave in.
Technology is at the heart of the Japanese bathroom. Speaking digital control panels in the bathroom and kitchen (or hallway) allow the user to set the hot water temperature and fill the bath remotely. A chirpy lady’s voice lets you know when the bath is almost ready and a little song chimes to let you know “it’s bath time!” Once drawn, bathwater may be kept for several days and shared by all family members. The bathwater is simply re-heated (a feature called “oidaki”) either via the controls or on a timer. This is why cleaning before entering the bath is gospel. There is no bigger cultural faux-pas for the visiting westerner than jumping straight into the bath without cleansing first. In Japan, the bath is for relaxing, not for cleaning. This seems to makes sense – why would you want to lie in your own dissolved filth!
With limited space, Japanese bathtubs tend to be small, squarer, and deeper than Western models which not only allows you to more deeply submerge your body, but also uses less water. Since it is filled remotely, there is no faucet to fill the the bath, just a simple outlet below the water line. The bath is concealed below an insulated cover when not in use.
Wetrooms seem to be a fairly recent Western craze, but having been long-established in Japan, the sophistication of products and technology are impressive. Most Japanese bathrooms are “unit-baths” – meaning the the entire bathroom (walls, floors, ceiling, bath, shower, drainage, and door) are sold as a single product. These prefabricated rooms are mostly made from molded plastic. Two manufacturers, Toto and Inax, dominate the market (although even Muji is in on the act) and offer an array of features. The latest must-have innovations are remote control via mobile phone and built-in TV. The oidaki re-heating feature requires a special type of boiler (either gas or electric models are available) that have supply and return lines to re-circulate the bathwater.
Bathroom- ofuro cleaning
You probably have your routine down when it comes to cleaning the bathroom. But are you forgetting to clean a few important things in the ofuro ?
( Ofuro apron , strainer etc).
When it comes to cleaning, organizing and maintaining the bathroom, try using a checklist to make sure you get every inch of your bathroom clean!. * If you do not have enough time for cleaning tasks ,"Trustworthy housekeeper" will be pleased to help you.
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