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ofuro tubs video

We prepared a short VTR about our japanese ofuro tubs.
How do you like it? We welcome your comments!

bartok tubs in their new homes!

Our wonderful customers have graciously sent us photographs of their installed and fully functional bathtubs. In both big and small, traditional and modern spaces, the tub fits in perfectly creating a relaxing atmosphere that anyone can enjoy.

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Tub for Norfolk

Asano wood tub AB grade – straight cut – with internal bench.
Dimensions are: L1550mm x W800mm x H660mm (ext. dim.) 570mm (deep).
Plank edge with copper apron.

Shoji Doors Shipped

Our client decided on option B, the doors with a contemporary feel. Below are the products ready to be shipped.

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Shoji doors are usually made with rice paper, however, rice paper is delicate and doesn’t fair well in humid environments, like a bathroom. We recommend to replace the paper with a synthetic material that looks like paper call warlon. This fascinating material is used for many interior applications in Japan today. (Warlon website in Japanese only)

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Above are the rails that are to be fitted above and below for the doors to slide.

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And for the final touch wooden wainscot paneling, and Japan has been brought to your home!

Shoji Doors for Japanese Style Room

We had a client who wanted a comprehensive Japanese look for his room. The image above was taken from the bedroom facing the bathroom and closet. Our client wanted to used traditional Japanese shoji doors to separate the spaces.
I sent my client the following two proposals:

Option A is classic Japanese but involves more pieces. This design includes a column and beam casing which separates the closet doors from the bathroom doors and the top storage from the full sized doors.

Option B is simple and more contemporary. There are no exposed columns so the doors look like parts of a whole and because there is no beam the ceiling will feel higher.

Options A and B can also be mixed and matched according to one’s vision.

reference from texas

We received the bath accessories today. Shipping was so quick! My wife loves them! The items are very well made and remind us very much of the time we spent in a ryokan in Kyoto 3 yrs ago on holiday.
FT

“optimized” hinoki outet ofuro (sold out)

* * * sorry, sold out * * *

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This tub is made with fine grain rare hinoki wood.
We could assemble some smaller planks we had in stock thus optimizing the use of the material.
Here are the details:
SIZE: L1300mm x W750mm x H640mm (external
dimensions) 560mm(depth) knotless natural Hinoki bathtub.
1) AB grade tub (quarter sawn) : 525,000. JPY
2) Packaging: 1650x850x920 wood box: 36,000. JPY
3) Shipment: please let us know exact address for a quotation.
(both air freight and sea freight so you can compare)
(Use Paypal or contact us for wire transfer to our bank account in Japan.)
download the drawing in acrobat format: outlet091209.pdf
IMGP2541.jpgimmaculate interior side.

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back side

Toto – Japan’s Leading Innovator for all things Bath

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Toto was founded on May 15, 1917 then known as Toyo Toki Co. Ltd. Toto is an innovative company, always thinking towards the future and focusing on the needs of the market. Toto now has offices on three continents.
Please click here to view Toto’s full online catalogue of FRP ofuros. This catalogue is in Japanese please view the images and model numbers and contact us with any questions.
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Health Benefits of Soaking in Warm Water

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Soaking tubs have seen an upward trend in popularity in the last decade, and for good reasons: recent research has proved that water is a natural healer. Soaking in warm water has similar benefits to exercise without over exerting the heart. The temperature increases heart rate but also dilates the blood vessels thus increasing blood flow to the extremities of the body without raising blood pressure.
Being in warm water is different from sitting in a sauna or a steam room for one very simple reason, buoyancy. When submerged in water your body can relax easily because it is essentially weightless. The warm temperature releases endorphins which eases tense muscles and stimulates nerves along the spinal cord which clams the endocrine system and internal organs. As a result, soaking can help fight insomnia, back aches, joint pains, and migraines, to name a few.
Sitting in warm bath several times a week will relax your body, ease your stress and you will feel more energized as a result. Try a soaking tub, and your body will thank you for it!

How is a Japanese ofuro different from a regular bathtub?

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Soaking in a bathtub every evening is part of the way of life for many Japanese. Japanese bathrooms are built so that there is a separate area for washing hair and body before entering into a warm bath to soak and relax. And because the bath water is not used of cleansing, the tub doesn’t have to be refilled for every member of the family.
The Japanese are also masters of efficiently using space. And of course they apply this skill to their bathtubs as well. Ofuro tubs are shorter in length than regular western tubs but they also have greater depth, which means one can soak in a sitting position with warm water up to their shoulders. Many ofuros come with built in benches so that you can sit in a comfortable position and enjoy your bath. In addition the smaller size not only tends to use less water but the reduced surface area keeps the water warm longer.

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Although traditional Japanese ofuros are made out of hinoki wood, a more affordable alternative is an FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) tub. The size of these tubs tend to fall between traditional Japanese tubs and western style tubs. FRP Ofuros and are easy to maintain, but most importantly they don’t have to be built into your bathroom, rather just placed on the floor, like a large bucket.
A FRP ofuro tub is a good solution for those living in rented houses or for those having a dispute in your home about having a shower or a bathtub… the compact size of the Japanese tub allows room for both!

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