You may or may not remember the funny stories about my Korean shower. Not that I didn't love the Korean shower, but my particular one was moldy, freezing, and right over the toilet. Charming. Showering in Japan is a bit different. In fact, it's an art here. The actual shower room only contains a bathtub, a shower head, and a small sink (the toilet is located in a separate room):
Traditionally, one must shower first (besides the bathtub), and rinse off all remains of soap before having a soak in the bathtub. I tried it and yes, a bathtub soak feels quite luxurious after showering! And the bathtub is quite tiny, it's pretty much square-shaped, but it's very deep. I'm loving it! I bought all kinds of bath salts from Muji and I'm really enjoying this new ritual, which feels amazing after a long run or a few hours running after kindergarten kids!