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The Japanese style of decorating, particularly in the bath has become more popular, particularly in the more upscale homes where luxury is a watchword.

It is well known to those who like their luxury, that a Japanese tub, known as an Ufuro, is not for soaping, or for washing, but for soaking.

The luxury and high tech gadget in a standard Japanese bath, would seem extraordinary to those of us who are accustomed to our typical American bathing experience.

Three elements of design belong in nearly any Japanese bath that is designed or put into place.
They are, a deep bathing tub that is used only for soaking the body, water heaters, that rather than being a huge tank, hot all the time, are smaller, and on demand heaters, used in the room where the bathing takes place, and a separate room, or compartment where the toilet sits.

To the Japanese, the toilet in the same room where the bathing takes place is more than unusual for them, it is literally disgusting.

Nor is it acceptable to them to have a tiny closet style area for the toilet, but rather a larger compartment where there is sufficient room and ample comfort.

We in America take it in our stride to use the relatively inefficient large hot water tank and leave it on all the time, night and day.

The Japanese, along with most or Europe as well as some Americans now, have on demand systems for their hot water, which will heat it only when needed.

Most German homes tend to use multiple smaller point-of-use hot water heaters powered by cleaner electric.
They use one in the bath, one in the kitchen and so on in each room where hot water is needed. These are very small and remarkably efficient as well as lowering your utility bills. My husband and I recently went to this approach as our way of helping to cut our energy use.

To the Japanese, a very hot bath is the order of the day and so, these work well or would not be used or tolerated.

Japan, largely dependent upon fossil fuel does not use those things that don’t make good sense economically.
Heating a large tub of water takes time, and so timers are in order so that prior to your arrival to make ready for a bath, it has begun to heat.

Being able to fine tune the temperatures of the water, showering prior to bathing and digital readout are all part and parcel of the Japanese bathing experience and the amount of electronics in the bathroom can be downright amazing to those of us accustomed to the turn it on and go, or turn it on and fiddle endlessly with the water faucets.

The water closet, which houses the toilet is also set up for the ultimate in comfort, with heated padded seats, the heat adjustable for your comfort, and bidets that are completely adjustable, front and rear.

These ultimate in luxury style bathing experiences absolutely don’t come cheaply.

The deluxe model of washlet for the toilet room can cost as much as 1300 dollars. Pay a very interesting visit to Toto USA to check out the various models available to you.

When you and your budget are ready for living in the lap of luxury, consider a Japanese bath.

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