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hinoki bath tubWood & water: a natural heaven. Japanese wood baths are used for soaking, not for washing. While we relax our body in the bath, natural oils with medical properties and soothing fragrances are released in the warm water for a sensation of extreme wellbeing.
An outdoors hinoki wood "rotenburo" ->

Soaking in warm water for 30 minutes to 1 hour everyday:
It may sound strange to our westerner`s ears but your body will get instinctively in harmony with this healthy custom. Bathing in a wood tub: the scents, the soft touch of wood, the tidy beauty of its grain magnified thru the clear water, represents the ultimate holistic experience.
You will find yourself energized, rejuvaneted, relaxed. Read thru the bottom of this page to see WHY.

ukiyoeWhy are the japanese so proud of their baths and hot springs? The Japanese ritual of the bath has several reasons besides the obvious purpose of hygene. A warm bath stimulates blood circulation and decongestionates the linfatic system: this is effective both in washing off the sweath of the torrid summer and in preventing cold and influenza during the rigid japanese winter. Medical evidence has been found that a correct warm bath has positive effects on the health of body and mind, also thanks to the curative and emollient effect of minerals and oils present in the water. Recent research proves how negatively charged ions present in the water and steam of a bath “scrub off” magnetic tensions and free radicals, having an “antiage” effect on the whole body. Negative ions also have experimented psychological benefits, imparting a feeling of security and sense of refreshment while they soothe the body. Such ions tend to be generated by waterfalls, fountains, and other sources of agitated water. When bathing japanese style, we first soap and scrub, then we rinse and only when we are “physically clean”, we enter in the bathtub for soaking (at least 30 minutes). Because the body is washed outside the bath, the bath water stays clean and deeply refreshing.

Why are the japanese so proud of their baths and hot springs? A HINOKI bathtub is ideal for a provides a full sensory experience: beautiful white cedar with a rich grain, smooth texture, soothing lemony fragrance, and the warm comfort of soaking away all the tension and stress of the day.

lifting the tub

Japanese bath

The tub going to paris is ready to be packaged and shipped.
It is a really nice tub, I am almost sorry to see it go…

asnaro tub for paris

soaking tub

This large tub (dim. 2126 x 1736 external dimensions x H625mm – depth=538) was built in knotless asnaro for a recessed type installation.
The tub is also equipped with an internal removable bench and a W320 x D520 x H880 floor mounted spout, also in asnaro wood.

Japanese tub

For the massive top frame (260×80) see also our blog

massive asnaro lumber

We are now working on a large asnaro tub with a 260mm wide border!
Commonly, large top frame borders like in your case are done laminaing 2
planks, anyway we had a beautiful piece of asnaro in the warehouse, so the frame will be done in one piece!

It was probably ment to be a cut for a beam or daikoku-bashira (main column) but at present there are not many chances to use expensive wood even for temples or shrines…

The lumber was 360×360 straight cut! This means that the 1/3 central segment of the tree was almost half meter square at the base. The tree had probably a diameter of 1200 to 1500mm !!
We could get our kamachi in one piece and also most of the planks for the sides from the same piece. This means the tub is going to be all straight cut!

PS:
Please do not ask us to provide such lumber for your project. This stroke of luck does not happen more than once a year…

hinoki tub for california

ofuro

Candid knotless AB grade Hinoki for this tub. Frame oversized to 100x60mm for a bolder look. This tub will be recessed in a tiled ledge in a corner position, rotated 45 degrees.
For this reason, the non exposed joints have been finished with wooden plugs.

Japanese soaking

Note the double bench with the corner hole detail for the drain plug chain.
dimensions of this tub are: L1515mm x W915mm x H725mm (depth=630mm)

asnaro tub for prague

Japanese soaking

Asnaro-hiba AB grade tub (straight cut).
Frame 110x60mm for this large 1700mm x 800mm x H800mm tub with copper plates and copper apron. We put our iron brand on top of the kamachi border as per the client`s request.

The asnaro wall spout was built to be recessed in a wall niche, only the front portion will be visible. In any case spouts need to be accessible for maintenance, so the lid is removable.

ofuro spout

blog introduction

hajimemasite – nice to meet you.

It was a long time we wanted to start this blog but always had other priorities for the day…
Anyway, in these pages we would like to convey you the passion of our craftsmen, the warmth of the wood. We enjoy our work and are starting to feel a little guilty if we keep all this for ourselves… So find here some pictures and some comments (when we have the time to post).

For all who do not know, “daiku” is the carpenter, the meister in wood-working.
This blog is not a sophisticated one, you will find here sawdust, sweat and all our smiles!

Note that this is a rare photo I managed to take with Mr. Ikeda and Mr. Kondo.
They are always busy and never stop. When we get a chance to sit down, we chat drinking tea, so I never manage to take an official photo of us to put in the company profile…

hinoki tub for belgium

ofuro

Knotless hinoki: L1200mm x W700mm x H700mm for this clean and simple tub to be used in a tiled bathroom. Note the details: Wooden plugs and copper apron.

Japanese bathing

natural heaven

FORESTS OF JAPAN

Why are the japanese so proud of their baths and hot springs? A HINOKI bathtub is ideal for a provides a full sensory experience: beautiful white cedar with a rich grain, smooth texture, soothing lemony fragrance, and the warm comfort of soaking away all the tension and stress of the day.

WOOD CULTURE

When we talk about Japanese dwellings and lifestyle, its association with the culture of wood is almost automatic. Still today most of private homes are built with a wood post-beam structure. Wood is used to manufacture cooking utensils, shoes, children`s toys. And of course, bathstubs. The remarkably straight SUGI might be best choice for buildings, as the SAKURA (cherry) is for producing objects or the MATSU (pine) is for panels and doors. But wood bathtubs are only made in HINOKI, the wood of the 1300 years old Horyuji Temple in Nara, the wood chosen by the emperors…

THE EMPEROR OF WOODS

As hinoki trees suffer polluted environments, they grow mainly in "virgin" areas, where the air and water are pure. Aomori and Ishikawa in the north, Gifu prefecture, the Kiso Valley in the Chubu district and the Kochi prefecture in Shikoku are the regions with largest hinoki forests. This "purity" reflects in the wood’s appearance : light-colored, has a rich but compact straight grain. A natural clear resin permeates homogeneously the pores thus creating a natural protection against insects and rot. When cut or scrubbed, hinoki wood emanates a pleasing lemon scent for which it is famous.

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