Monday, March 28, 2011

Art of the Bath*The ofuro (お風呂)

A place of quiet - a private world, 
where you can gently put aside 
 the demands of the busy day
 As you immerse yourself sinking deep into the
luxurious warm waters filled with fragrant herbs
&
 lotus petals floating in a tranquil tub
allow yourself to drift,
into the wonderful languorous,
sensation of suspended animation
that occurs as you close your eyes
 & 
inhale the deep rich aromas  
heightening  your senses
  in this hour of calm and stillness 

that allows you entrance to the fabled land

of floating flowers and oriental opulence.
Surrender to your inner most fantasies 

&
inhale deeply the sweet scent of spring.




The ofuro (お風呂), or Japanese bath, is an integral part of Japanese life.  The significance of the bath goes far beyond merely washing. For generations the sentō (銭湯) or "bath house" was a focal point in residential areas and a gathering place not just for bathing but for chatting, meeting friends, and generally feeling connected to others in the neighborhood. Today there are fewer sentō as all modern homes have a private bath, but the significance of the bathing ritual — whether at home, visiting an onsen, or at the local sentō — runs deep in the Japanese approach to life, which traditionally is closely tied to nature.


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23 comments:

  1. Could it be better......NO.....

    it's so nice JoannyGreetings, Joop

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  2. Hmmmm.... Je me laisserais bien aller vers ce paradis du corps...
    Quand part-on?

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  3. Difficile de revenir sur terre, après ce que tu nous proposes... :-)

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  4. I just enjoy my baths and was wondering about the rituals when you mention the Japanese and their tradition. Nothing like a good bath where one can immerse in the joy of being oneself in the company of water.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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  5. ...and some of us (me!) take a five-minute shower, only to rush away to our so-called 'important' business.

    It is like listening to an orchestra tune up it's strings, brasses, and woodwinds, and then leave the concert hall--before the sweet music plays...

    Thanks for some pleasant thoughts!
    PEACE

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  6. Beautiful words and pictures.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice week.
    Greetings from,
    Berit.

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  7. Fantastic! Beautiful world in the poem and at the pictures

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  8. Wonderful again!
    Here is a song for you!:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co9tJbg2Nqc
    My best regards!

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  9. Well, not quite my flat ... but also a shower is OK for me! :-)

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  10. Wonderful and delightfully relaxing, in the great pictures and with your exquisite and evocative words. Greetings.

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  11. Beautiful. I feel relaxed and purified just looking at your pictures.

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  12. How beautiful, Joanny! And I have synchronously posted a prose poem about a bath by Amy Lowell today.

    There is no real meme or anything for my nouvelle 55 "challenge." So there is no deadline. I just put it out there for people to try. Thanks for taking it up! I look forward to what you will write. It does sound perfect for your gorgeous blog.

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  13. I love a bath and a glass of wine and my kindle in a zip lock baggie (in case I'm too relaxed to hold it up). Thanks.

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  14. i am usually a shower guy but every once in a while a bath just does it. nice write joanny

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  15. Nothing like the luxury of bathing!

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  16. That did it I am running a tub, tired of showers, only problem is getting out, fricking old bones. Love ya Joannie
    Beautiful post as always.

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  17. BeautifulWorkThankYouForSharing:)

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  18. Just looking in here to say, thanks for your nice comments in my blog Joanny.
    Wish you a lovely week.
    Greetings from,
    Berit.

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  19. Thanks for sharing with me.It is nice image.Ofuro tub is typically deeper than a regular bathtub and increases the water until they chin. For this reason, there is not normally a stream drain, found in a bathtub. Because of this should be a bath Ofuro where there is a floor drain or outside on the deck or garden.

    hot tubs

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