ふろば Japanese bathing etiquette

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For anyone that doesn’t know the basics of the Japanese bathing:

In a home the bathroom lay out is usually a sink and a place to get unchanged, then there’s the showering area and next to it the bath. Also in public baths there is a changing area, washing area and the bathing area. The toilet is usually in a separate room on its own.

Always wash yourself before entering the bath in the shower area. The bath is a place for relaxing, not cleaning. This applies at public baths and home since traditionally the whole family would bath in the same water.

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かいろ Heat pack

In Japan they have these nifty little packets called kairo that keep your hands warm when you take it out of the plastic packaging. They look like a tea bag but slightly larger and they are disposable. They last for about 5 hours. I ordered some from jbox.com a year ago and they work great, but they are currently out of stock for the moment. They do have the cute hello kitty case I have here. This is a photo of the case below.

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