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Ofuro featured on japanese TV!

Here are some strips from the program broadcasted last month on the japanese TV.

The carpenters father and son work on the corner joint by creating a precise tongue and groove

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the convex part is hammered for a precise fit. Once the wood is wet the two planks of wood hug eachother thus creating a perfectly watertight joint

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the bottom inner perimeter is completed with the insertion of a pad made of hinoki bark which has sealant and bactericidal properties.

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most of our tubs are “copper bottomed” for optimal performance and durability. Here is our client from California enjoying the bathing ritual…

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and here are other testimonials from the 17 countries wordwide where we have references.
Lastly, a reference from Rome-Italy, in an apartment just meters away from the Colosseum.

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Our carpenter is so happy to see that his creations are appreciated by people living so far away…!

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Please look here for an extract of the video:

waiting for the show

Yes, today is the day. The primetime TV program featuring two of our ofuros used abroad will be on air tonight. But… WAIT A MINUTE!…
I was so surprised to see this full color advertisment on the morning paper!!
“CAUTION THIS IS CALIFORNIA”

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Bartok design ofuro featured on japanese TV program

Channel 19, a major TV broadcasting company in japan contacted with reference to our hinoki bathtubs…!
They run a very popular program: “Wafū Sōhonke” which would translate “total Japanese traditional house”. They make a show every week (with rebroadcasting on saturdays) about japanese traditional crafts. -> -> http://www.tv-osaka.co.jp/ip4/wafu/

They shoot 2 locations where our tubs are installed, in Italy and California.
I am also looking forward to see it and hear the clients`s comments !!

The program will be aired on 2/16, see more details here below:


Show Title:Wafu Souhonke – Produced by TV Osaka/Aired Nationwide by TV Tokyo
On air Every Thursday Night 9:00PM~

Aired Date: February 16th, 2012 (Thursday) 9:00PM 1.5hour Special
Cast: Takeo Chii, Hisako Manda, Takahiro Azuma and more
Show Summary) Through this show, we are reporting the “Heart of Japan” to our audience.
We want to reconsider “Japanese Culture” that we think we know, but we actually might not.

Project Title: Made in Japan Products That Are Found in the World-Part 2

Project Summary:
The skills and quality in goods created in Japan are kept by the Japanese craftsman and those are not only recognized in Japan but also in the world. Japanese products are utilized in unexpected places in the world. This project is a part 2 of a search of those unknown “Made in Japan” goods in the world.

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hinoki ofuro published in magazine

The house of a client in Switzerland will be published in an architectural magazine and – yes – the japanese hinoki bathtub also received a nice shot!

I am looking forward to browsing the actual magazine!

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ofuro featured on interior design magazine

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First of all thanks again to the architect who commissioned us this hinoki bathtub, and congratulations for his superb architectural design quality!

I feel that the rough and natural feeling of the knotty wood complements perfectly the classy shine of the glass mosaic walls.

His work was featured in Interior Design Magazine, I recommend to see also the picture gallery for a full overview of the house.

spherical drain plug!

Yes, by popular demand we can now supply a spherical drain plug!
It is cool and can plug the drain socket in direction.
It should fit your 40A type drain fitting.

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The ball is in durable chemical rubber: after many years it may shrink slightly but will not ovalize.
The chain and ring are in stainless steel.
(as of 3.1.2014 there was a price increase from the maker.)

The price is:
6,500 JPY as an option for a new tub
or
7,900 JPY + EMS shipping fee if you only want to purchase the plug.

installation of a hinoki tub in Tokyo

Here are some pictures of a hinoki tub installed in a house in Tokyo.
Note that the ledge contains the recirculation system valve (we DO NOT provide the system itself. In Japan most of the home use hot water heaters are equipped with this option.)

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After the wall is finished, the tub is placed.

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Note the cuts in the ledge to drain the water accumulating on the ledge.

hinoki slanted bathtubs in resort hotel

Few years ago we shipped a tub to Hawaii.
I remembered they were planning to finish the area around the tub with river stones.
Yesterday, a client was looking for a similar solution, so I tried to check the homepage to see if they had a picture of the tub installed.

And yes, there it is…

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Copyright of the picture by Four Seasons Resort.


You can find another idea of a tub buried in river stones here:

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Copyright of the picture by Zimbio

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