baths

Sapporo police arrest 50-year-old man for entering women’s public bath

Suspect tells officers “I’m a woman.”

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Onsen in Japan uses the same mysterious hot spring bathing system from Ghibli film Spirited Away

This is one of the most unusual hot springs in the country.

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How to make your own KFC bath without Japan’s official Kentucky Fried Chicken bath salts【Video】

Eleven herbs and spices plus one bathtub makes for an unforgettable beauty ritual.

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KFC cooks up fried chicken bath salts in Japan

Now you can soak in the Colonel’s 11 secret herbs and spices.

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How long and how often do Japanese women bathe? Survey investigates

Responses suggest many women don’t have time to bathe every day anymore.

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Need a soak? Amazing interactive map lists every public bath and day-use hot spring in Tokyo

Whether you’re a backpacker looking to clean yourself up or just want to experience this aspect of traditional Japanese culture, hundreds of options are at your fingertips.

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Capybaras around Japan compete to find out which one can bathe the longest

How many hours do you think a giant rodent can bathe for?

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It’s getting cold, so it’s time for this zoo’s capybaras to soak in their Japanese-style bath!

For more than 30 years, this Japanese zoo has been keeping its capybaras cozy, and visitors oohing and aahing at their adorable hot spring-style setup.

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Create 3-D artworks from hand soap with the Awamoko pen from Japan

Now you can make frothy 3-D art in an instant with a cute new device from Japan.

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Treat your feline like royalty with fancy cardboard cat baths from Felissimo

Encourage kitty to step up its love for cardboard boxes with a new lineup of elegant bath designs.

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Japanese Twitter user gets a terrifying visit from Mom while taking a bath

It must be really frustrating when you almost pee yourself while trying to get clean.

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A surprising number of Japanese kids still bathe with their parents up until high school

As shocking as it may sound to a Westerner’s ears, some Japanese kids continue bathing with their parents up until high school. It turns out, though, that doing so may have a positive impact on their grades.

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Anime Isn’t Like Reality: Bath time fun edition

Turns out a lot of those sexy bath time scenes in anime aren’t realistic, and not just because of the censor steam.

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Runny curry, no pudding spoons among complaints of Japanese prison inmates

From how often we talk about food and hot springs here on RocketNews24, you’ve probably surmised that, as a nation, Japan is pretty into bathing and dining. Those passions aren’t exclusive to law-abiding members of Japanese society, either, as a recent survey of inmate complaints at prisons in Japan found several focused on meals and baths, with requests for better curry and longer soaks in the tub.

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Wacky Japanese bathers are taking their half-body bathing techniques to the next level

There’s a new health trend that has been sweeping through bathtubs across Japan since last fall: half-body bathing. Really, all it consists of is filling your bathtub up half-way with hot water, then only soaking your legs and hips for 20-30 minutes. Apparently, it’s supposed to raise your core temperature more than a normal bath, allowing more stress release, detoxing, and pore opening, plus is said to jumpstart your metabolism and blood circulation.

A lot of people have been taking their half-body baths to the next level by trying crazy new versions of half-body bathing. Others have even been utilizing their free upper-bodies to test out their revving metabolisms. Prepare yourself to see things you never expected to see in a bathtub! 

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Official Evangelion bath salts are just as crazy and mentally scarring as the anime itself

For such a bleak anime, the visuals of psychological sci-fi saga Evangelion can be incredibly colorful. There’s mecha pilot Rei’s ethereal blue hair, the vivid purple of Eva Unit 01, and the mysterious white liquid that adorns protagonist Shinji’s hand in the End of Evangelioon theatrical feature (though not in its broadcast version).

Even the sea has a surreal hue in the anime, as the cataclysmic events that precede its first episode have turned the waters of Earth’s oceans blood-red. But while the effect is striking enough that it’s hard to take your eyes off it, it turns out filling your bathtub up with one kind of Evangelion bath salts water doesn’t make it a particularly tempting place to take a soak.

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Pooch’s attempt to get out of bathtime involves oddly slow, amazingly cute doggy paddle【GIF】

It seems like it’s not just humans, but every member of the animal kingdom in Japan that loves a nice, relaxing bath. Hot spring-loving monkeys have been attracting tourists to Japan’s rural onsen for decades, and capybaras’ bathtime privacy is also a thing of the past.

But that doesn’t mean all of Japan’s creatures are down for a dip in the tub, though, as this adorable pooch looks like he’s ready to make a break for it, even if it comes at the price of getting his paws wet.

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Looking for a fun way to spice up your bath? Try this at home, kids!

It’s such a simple idea, but you’ve probably never thought of it before–why not throw a glow stick into your bathtub or pool to create an exciting, luminescent atmosphere?

The trend has suddenly become a hot topic in the Japanese Twitterverse, and over the past few days many people have been testing it out and posting pictures of their lit-up baths for others to be envious of. If you have some leftover glow sticks from a concert or party, this could be the perfect way to get rid of them. More pictures after the break.

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Saitama cafe offers outdoor baths, books, beer, massages, hammocks, and no reason to leave

The basic idea of going to a cafe is that it’s a place to relax for an hour or so. You can sit down and have a cup of coffee, but eventually you’re going to get hungry, smelly, or sleepy. Sooner or later you’ll need to leave and go somewhere else for a real meal, hot bath, and good night’s sleep.

Unless, of course, you stop by a unique cafe in Saitama Prefecture, which not only has luxurious Japanese-style bathing facilities, but just about everything you need for a comfortable lifestyle.

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Japanese bathtub recipes to keep you warm this winter

As you may know if you are a regular reader here, people in Japan are pretty serious about their baths. Not only have they developed an entire bathing culture, there is also a general belief that the contents of the bath can have strong physiological effects. This naturally includes the various different minerals that appear in hot springs, but also encompasses the bath salts, bubble bath, essential oils, fruits, vegetables, and whatever else goes in the bath at home.

Now that the colder weather is upon us northerners, we thought we’d share some of the body-warming, circulation-improving bath add-ins popular in Japan.

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