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.
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!
Soaking in a bathtub every evening is part of the way of life for many Japanese. A part for cleaning the body from the dust of the outside world, a bath before going to bed is relaxing and warms up the body to stand even a long and cold winter night. 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. 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 bathrooms 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.
Western Style Bath
Although traditional Japanese ofuros are made out of hinoki wood, nowadays most of bathtubs for normal homes in Japan are made of synthetic materials such as acrylic or FRP. 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.
As mentioned above, the japanese style bathroom consists of the bathtub itself (yo-bune or ofuro) and the washing area (araiba). The araiba is an area in front of the tub equipped with a shower and a faucet and with a floor drain. The user would sit on a stool and take time soaping and scrubbing the whole body. Then he/she would use the shower – or scoop some of the water from the tub to rinse the body before entering in the ofuro.
For this reason, the bathroom itself needs to be waterproofed as if it was a large walk-in shower. These bathrooms can be realized in concrete blocks, waterproofed (FRP, asphalt, PVC sheet) and finished with tiles, wainscoting, etc.
Alternatively, in Japan it is common to use Unit baths made as a shell of FRP cladded inside with printed panels or tiles. The Unit baths are light weight and can be installed in 1 or 2 days. Another advantage is that their structure is very thin so they are compact and highly space-efficient. Common sizes are 1300x1600mm, 1600x1600mm, 1600x2400mm, 2100x3000mm and anything in between. Bartok design is not exporting unit baths but we are at your disposal for any question about waterproofing or creating a wet room to enjoy fully the advantages of japanese style bathing. Do not hesitate to contact iacopo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you contact us some time ago with reference to a quotation for a japanese tub?
Is your project still on track?
Or did you just knew about us and wish to have a quote? We are at your disposability for any question/problem.
Also, note that if you confirm your order in september, we will be able to apply a 7% discount on the quote for what concerns hinoki products! (no discount on the transportation cost.) There will be an extra 3% discount (10% total!) for the first 3 tubs ordered in september. Updated 090909: sorry, the extra discount has been allocated…
This offer starts today aug/25 and expires sept/30/2009 at 18:00 JST.
* This offer cannot be cumulated with other discounts.
* This offer is valid only for bank transfer payments (no credit cards or paypal)
* This is Bartok design`s first promotional sale.
* We do not have plans to make it a regular feature and in case it will be repeated it will not be before august 2010.
* These conditions include a governamental 5% tax facilitation.
We received a mail from our previous hinoki-bath customer.
Now she wanted to complete her renovation with japanese style lighting fixtures.
The japanese maker of course cannot offer support or guarantee overseas and we had to ask our client to sign a liability release paper.
Since we are a japanese company we can purchase at 50% off listed prices and transfer this advantage to our clients. Sales conditions vary case by case according to the quantity, makers and products.
Some items are order made and may require one month or more for production. Feel free to contact us for any question.
Here are some photos that do not need many comments…
It is the simple and happy story of a japanese tub in search for a new home (and caring family)
First the arrival in front of a renovated ancient barn…how charming!
Then the installation in its pit (will it really fit? – this was one of the client main concerns.)
While waiting for the tap (not rady yet) the tub is left with few centimeters of water on the bottom to avoid any possible dryness damage. …(and to enjoy even more the asnaro wood scent!)
Lastly, a regenerating view on the garden. A perfect mix of eurpean and oriental sensations!
More and more often, we receive additional requests from previous customers.
Apparently japanese natural items are addictive and once people open their eyes to this new reality, they decided they want to be surrounded by a complete japanese style interior.
Of course we can produce shoji and solid doors. We can build custom furniture, supply planks for wall application (wainscoting) or floor finish.
Additionally, we know dozens of craftsmen with whom we work together on a daily bases on construction projects. For this reason, we can supply tatami-mats, fabrics, gutters, and even lighting fixtures. If you are looking for some japanese products feel free to ask us.
If we can supply what you are looking for, we will prepare a quotation. Our sales margin ranges from 15% to 20% but as it is applied on wholesale prices from trusted suppliers, so you will find the prices very reasonable.
Here above is a large shipment we coordinated for a client in Italy.
It includes custom sized tatami mats, futon, shoji doors with their rails and a beutiful rainchain in copper.