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The Japanese Bath Hardcover – April 24, 2001
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The photos are lovely (my favorites are the "created scenery" on pp. 30, 33, and 47), and one can hardly but envy those wealthy enough to have the space, let alone the wherewithal, to have a separate building devoted to the "zen" of bathing. Unfortunately I live in a town house, and I rather doubt that the association would appreciate my extending my bathroom into the commons-I could be wrong, but I sincerely doubt it; they're not terribly open minded! I suspect I am not alone in my lack of space for major remodeling.
Taking the above quote from page 13 as a starting point, what I did gain from the book was a realization that in our fast paced Western lives we can still find moments of relaxation and relief from stress by creating small environments in our homes conducive to the Eastern concept of "centering." It needn't be hours long and one needn't even be consciously aware of the effect to derive a benefit from the experience.Read more ›
Paragraphs on how to build a Japanese bath from scratch are absent, but a great emphasis is placed on the points that make the Japanese bath so unique: lighting, depth, materials. The book provides abundant inspiration for creating your own design, without providing actual builders plans.
If your wish is to incorporate a Japanese bath into your home, or simply to visit one, the resources guide in the back of the book will prove very useful. Most suppliers and spas are on the West Coast, but many have web addresses where they can be reached. One of the finest, Ki Arts, boasts "the flexibility to work anywhere in the world" since they utilize the traditional Japanese joinery system for their projects.
All in all, "The Japanese Bath" gives truth to the adage that great things can come in small packages. It is a diminutive, but excellent volume for those interested in the topic.
There's an explanation of the essential elements of the Japanese bath for those who wish to create one (homeowners are encouraged to have a room or outbuilding dedicated to bath use). The bath's relationship to the outdoors is also explained.
The book includes a lengthy list of resources for bath-related fixtures and other items. Many suppliers are in California.
The pictures are beautiful, tranquil and relaxing.
What you won't find here is a lot of scaled drawings or plans describing how to build a bath; instead, you'll be encouraged to choose the proper site in your home or on your property and develop a design to fit your space and needs after looking at the authors' examples. A knowledgable, sensitive do-it-yourselfer could read the book and take it from there.
A few "sample" architectural-type plans would have improved the book for my own use, but "The Japanese Bath" remains a very beautiful and informative book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The item was as described, a very beautiful book. And it was well packaged, and promptly shipped. Thank you!Published 6 months ago by Linden Hills Girl
beautifully illustrated and wonderful factual info about bathing and Japanese culture. Highly recommend for bathroom ideas, Japanese cultural tidbits and gorgeous pictures.Published 9 months ago by Robert H.
A very nice book, lots of very well-composed photos. It's important to read the text, as modern plumbing and the adoption of some Western habits- to a point- have had an impact,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rich
Great book to read and gives good Idea's for making a Japanese style BathPublished 11 months ago by Mr.Miyagi54
This isn't a very well-produced edition at all. It's okay as a throwaway book but the paper quality and photo reproduction quality isn't as nice as one of those Taschen coffee... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gromer
For the price, it satisfied my curiosity, but I would not pay very much for it. There are other books out there. Keep looking.Published 15 months ago by K. Moy