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History and Design of the Bathroom Part 6: Learning from the Japanese

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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Onna yu ("Bathhouse Women") by Torii Kiyonaga Siegfried Giedion, in Mechanization Takes Command, writes: The bath and its purpose have held different meanings for different ages. The manner in which a civilization integrates bathing within its life, as well as the type of bathing it prefers, yields searching insight into the inner nature of the period....The role that bathing plays within a culture reveals the culture's attitude toward human relaxation. It is a measure of how far individual well-being is regarded as an indispensable part of community life. I have described how in the western world, the disparate functions that take place in the modern bathroom used to be separate, but courtesy of the engineers and plumbers, all ended up in one room because it was cheap and convenient, not because it was healthy or right. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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