Japanese soaking tubs – charm and simplicity in the bathroom

by Kremy

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Japanese soaking tubs are known as “ofuro.” They are much deeper compared to the traditional western bathtub. Ofuro tubs are traditionally made of Hinoki wood which is to build Shinto temples. The main characteristics of the Japanese tubs are that they are compact and neck-high and are the perfect balance of simplicity, beauty, aromatic wood and deep hot water. The soaking tub is not considered a luxury but an essential attribute of Japanese life to relief the stress and fatigue. The ofuro tub is considered to unite the four elements – fire (heat), water, air (vapor) and earth (wood). A special Japanese saying about the soaking tub says that ofuro is the best treatment and the best medicine.

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Japanese soaking tubs made of Hinoki wood are light in color and blend in smoothly in contemporary bathroom interiors or Japanese style bathrooms. Teak is a very durable material and Western Red Cedar is also used in manufacturing ofuro tubs because of its pleasant reddish brown shade. Depending on the design style of your bathroom you may opt for a rustic wooden tub, stainless steel or copper, but you can be certain that a Japanese soaking tub is the ultimate experience in a Zen bathroom. Additional design elements like pebbles, bamboo trees, shoji screens wooden decorative elements, aroma candles – and you will create the perfect spa at home.

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Japanese soaking tubs are the answer for everyone who wants to have a tub in a small bathroom as they save a significant amount of space and still offer the comfort of a long hot tub after a hectic day. Despite the compact size the soaking tub can seat one or two persons and some modern models can be equipped with a whirlpool system. Outdoor Japanese tubs for soaking are gaining popularity lately as they offer the comfort and relax of a spa at any time. Soaking in hot water for therapeutic benefits has been practiced by many cultures and in colder climate is an absolute must. To create a Japanese style bathroom with an ofuro bathtub keep to subdued color palette – shades of brown, beige and sand. Small accents in green or red can be used but should be used with caution. Modern bathroom interiors need to follow the basic principles – minimalism, simple shapes and lines, neutral colors.

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