How to Take a Japanese Bath (Paperback)

By Leonard Koren, Suehiro Maruo (Illustrator)

Stone Bridge Press, 9781933330082, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2006



"This book is a physical work of art--as it should be, because the Japanese bath is an aesthetic event."--Whole Earth Review

Since its first publication in 1992, this book has become a curious classic, taking a -simple (yet often incorrectly performed) activity and depicting it with a graphic, manga-style edge. In twelve drawings a young Japanese man is shown preparing, rinsing, soaking, communing, relaxing, contemplating--all an encouragement to readers to slow down, ease into the hot water, and enjoy this timeless ritual of purity and release.

About the Author

Leonard Koren, who was trained as an artist and architect, writes books about design and aesthetics. Among his most popular books are WABI SABI: For Artists, Design, Poets & Philosophers and Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement. Cult-favorite Maruo has been "discovered" since the first publication of this book.