Rainbombs, a collection of bath bombs that release rainbows when added to the tub, has a curious new product–the Rainbomb Mini Poop, now available to order online. Why a poo motif, we’re not sure, but they’re adorable regardless of the questionable subject matter.
When added to the bath, three colors will spray from the base, like others in the Rainbombs collection. The bombs come in either Grape or Peach scents. (Thank goodness.)
With the scent of juicy grapes, this purple bath bomb exudes a strange sweetness with it’s big eyes.
This pink poop gives off a fresh peach scent, sure to relax you after a long day.
Check out how the rainbow appears here:
What do you think? Are poop-shaped bath bombs something you’d try?
Rainbow Mini POOP
Release Date: September 10, 2021
Price: ¥550 (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://www.dreams6.com/products/rainbomb/index.html
Kumagaya City, Saitama Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu Opens After Rebranding
13.September.2021 | SPOT
Cafe BIVOUAC, located in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, will reopen Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu on September 18, 21, after a full rebranding.
The space aims to be ‘a garden that clears a guest’s body and mind.’ Visitors can enjoy a full bath and sauna, freshly-picked vegetables at the Haruniwa Dining Room, and a lush green lounge in which to relax and unwind.
The Haruniwa Dining Room, run by The Farm, a resort in Chiba Prefecture, offers healthy dishes filled with fresh local vegetables from Kumagaya with carefully-selected main ingredients.
In addition, a collaboration with fashion brand ‘niko and…’ will also begin upon reopening, offering the perfect comfy clothes to wear while enjoying the property. The lineup includes an original bath bag and sauna hat, each sold exclusively at Hareniwa no Yu.
Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu (Cafe BIVOUAC)
Open: September 18, 2021
Address: 939 Kubojima, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama
Official Site: https://ofurocafe-bivouac.com/
SHIRO Releases Relaxing New Hinoki and Hiba Fragrances
20.August.2021 | FASHION
Japanese cosmetic brand SHIRO has announced two new soothing fragrances, the Hinoki Bath Salts and the Hiba Spray 80. These will be available at the SHIRO online store and at SHIRO retailers nationwide on September 9.
The brand’s first Hinoki and Hiba-based items
Hinoki, or Japanese Cypress bark, and Hiba, the leaves from these Cypress trees, have subtle scents which will make customers feel as though they’re surrounded by nature. Having these items around will help clear anxious minds and soothe worried hearts. The bark used for the fragrances was sourced from the Kii mountain range, while the leaves came from Aomori prefecture.
Hinoki Bath Salts (400g): ¥4,840 (Tax Included)
These are the first bath salts to be released since rebranding. The soothing Japanese cypress essential oils were sourced from the Kii mountain range snaking through Mie and Wakayama prefectures, while the sun-dried salt from South Australia will help moisturize and hydrate the skin. Use this product during an evening bath to relax after a hard day’s work, or mornings when you wake up a little earlier than usual to prepare your mind for what the day may bring.
Hiba Spray 80 (80ml): ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
This hand spray contains 80% alcohol, as well as fragrant Aomori Japanese cypress essential oil and distilled cypress water.
If you’re looking to practice more self-care, these items are sure to help.
Hinoki Bath Salts
Hiba Spray 80
Pre Orders Begin: August 26, 2021 on the SHIRO Online Store (10:00) and at SHIRO retailers nationwide
Release Date: September 9, 2021 on the SHIRO Online Store (10:00) and at SHIRO retailers nationwide
Official Site: https://shiro-shiro.jp/
Experience a Bath Like Never Before in a Luxurious Private Space at Yadoru KYOTO HANARE
15.June.2021 | SPOT
Yadoru KYOTO HANARE is a hotel in Kyoto that blends seamlessly into the town, offering a stay experience that’s like living there. For guests who use their baths, they have introduced a new selection of five ingredients to be put into the bath like bath salts. Each comes with a different effect, enhancing your bathing experience beyond getting clean.
Yadoru KYOTO HANARE is continuing to enforce precautions against the spread of COVID-19 so guests can enjoy getting away from home to relax and unwind safely. The hotel has and continues to enjoy many guests during this time who are seeking out some healing. One of the biggest selling points for guests is the hotel’s bathing experience. With that in mind, they have set up the Yadoru YUAMI service which allows guests to try a variety of bathing products made by local Kyoto businesses.
‘Yuami’ is an old Japanese expression for getting in the bath. The word ‘yadoru’ in the hotel’s name is also an old phrase meaning ‘to stay at a lodging on your travels.’ Yadoru KYOTO HANARE is wanting to have its site feel even more like a traditional Kyoto townhouse for guests to experience, so they are now using the word ‘YUAMI’ as part of their services.
With Yadoru YUAMI, guests can pick from five different bath products, each wrapped in pouches. Each offers a completely different bathing experience with different benefits and fragrances.
1. Sake Lees
Sake lees from Kyoto’s long-standing and historical sake brewery Sasaki Shuzou. Massage the lees in the bathtub while they are still in the pouch to create a milky white water that fills the bathroom with the fragrant smell of sake lees. The ingredients in the lees have a moisturising effect, improve blood circulation, and leave skin looking beautiful.
2. Gyokuro Green Tea
The Kyoto Distillery stands as Japan’s first establishment specialising in gin. One of their gins is called Ki no Bi, a Japanese craft gin. Its smell and taste is the result of a combination of 11 kinds of botanical products including gyokuro green tea, junpier berry, and hinoki cypress, all of which are featured individually on this list. Gyokuro is a type of high-grade Japanese green tea and contains theanine which stimulates relaxing, making it perfect for unwinding after a long day.
3. Juniper Berry
Juniper berry is an indispensable ingredient in making craft gin. This bathing product is made with the type that’s actually used in making Ki no Bi craft gin. When submerged in the water, the air is filled with the woody, relaxing, and inviting scent of gin.
4. Hinoki Cypress
This bathing powder is also made with the same hinoki cypress used in Ki no Bi which, when put in the water, emits the smells of a forest. Hinoki cypress contains phytoncide which has a relaxation effect, calming the autonomic nervous system and blood pressure.
Matcha is the quintessential flavour of Kyoto. Guests who check in at Yadoru KYOTO HANARE are offered a cup. They can also bathe in it with Yadoru YUAMI.
Release Date: June 1, 2021
Price: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Location: Yadoru KYOTO HANARE (Participating Branches: Washi no Yado/Kanade no Yado/Mizunoe no Yado/Roji no Yado)
Book by Telephone: 03-4510-8671
Book by E-mail: email@example.com
*Exclusive to Yadoru KYOTO HANARE guests
These Dessert Inspired Bath Items by Sweets Maison Look Good Enough to Eat
19.February.2021 | FASHION
Sweets Maison has released a new collection of bath gift items perfect for those cold winter days.
Sweets Maison is known for its patisserie showcase of dessert and sweets-inspired items. This time, they have whipped up a new collection of bath items that look and smell like the real thing from macaron bath bombs to chocolate bath salts and more.
The Line-Up (Prices Include Tax)
Macaron Fizz Bath Gift – Left: Floral Mix / Right: Fruity Mix | ¥1,400
These bath bombs are made to look like macarons and come with two each of either the floral or fruity mix. Their sweet and gentle scents are perfect for indulging in for either yourself or someone special.
Spoon Chocolate Fizz & Cafe Tea Bath Salt Set – Left: Candy Mix / Fruity Mix | ¥1,000
Enjoy soaking in some sweet-smelling bath salts that are contained inside cute pastel-coloured coffee cups.
Cream Tart Fizz 3 Piece Set – Top: Sweet Mix / Bottom: Elegant Mix | ¥1,000
A collection of cute and romantic bath fizzes made to look like colourful cream tarts. The Sweet Mix includes cherry mousse, berry tart, and fruity chiffon fragrances while the elegant mix picks are vanilla soufflé, tea sparkle, and pear jasmine scented.
Treat your hardworking self or significant other to some well-deserved luxury bath time with Sweets Maison’s new gift set collection.
Sweets Maison Gift Set
Official Website: https://www.ec-nol.jp/
UMI HOTEL ANNEX: The New Luxury Hotel Opens in Shizuoka’s Resort Area Usami
09.March.2020 | SPOT
Usami is known as the resort area of Ito in Shizuoka Prefecture, and it’s here that the new luxury relaxation hotel UMI HOTEL ANNEX, which boasts a horizon-stretched ocean view, has openedーtogether with the new restaurant and bar known as The SEA.
UMI HOTEL ANNEX, a hotel for relaxation
UMI HOTEL ANNEX offers a breathtaking experience for guests with its ocean view, the sounds of the waves, and the natural scent of trees that envelop it. The hotel is on the small side, built with just six rooms, but this opens the door for greater hospitality, consideration, and comfort. If you want to wind down from a long day of travelling, need some adequate sleep, and wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of Japan’s busy cities, then UMI HOTEL ANNEX has you covered.
Enjoy a sweeping ocean view
Upon entering a guest room, you are met with an unobstructed view of the sea. All rooms are also equipped with mirrorsーwhich span the entire wallーwhich bring the view of the ocean into your own room too. This means you can sleep soundly while surrounded by the sea, which is just 30 seconds from the hotel. *4 rooms of the rooms offer the ocean view
Rooms also have a pillar made from hiba cypress, a type of tree symbolic of Aomori Prefecture. The pillars not only serve to support the structure of the hotel, but also wrap the room with the natural scent of timber. Hiba is a strong antibacterial and pesticide wood, and its aroma also has a relaxing effect.
Open-air infinity pool baths with water flowing from the source
The roof is decked out with infinity pool baths with water flowing in from the source. Everything in and around the pools is made from the same Aoyama hibi cypress, including the pools themselves, meaning all rooms enjoy that warm smell of cypress. The pool joins together with Usami Bay, which stretches 1km, offering a feeling of openness like no other. There are even waterproof sofas in the pool rooms for more relaxation.
Amenities galore for a quiet night’s sleep
Amenities offered include items by Sansatia, a Bali-based natural cosmetics company. There’s also an original line of room wear made from a special Japanese gauze which can also be used in the surrounding area outside too. The linen is provided by Imabari Towel, and the beds by Simmons. There’s also bath salts, shoehorns, and more.
All guest rooms are equipped with pots, microwaves, refrigerators, irons, and trouser pressers. There’s also coin operated laundry machines, accommodating for those longer stays.
UMI HOTEL ANNEX
Address: 1746-2 Usami, Ito, Shizuoka
Official Website: https://tabinoya.net/annex/
Poop-Themed Exhibition to Teach People All About Poop in Fukuoka
20.September.2019 | SPOT
Fukuoka PARCO and Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens are collaborating to hold a poop-themed exhibition entitled “Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka” on floor B1F of the south building of Fukuoka PARCO from September 27 to October 27.
There will be many elements to the exhibition. The first of these is the language section where sentences written in Japanese will be draped all across one room, each with references to poop.
Above photo taken from the Ikebukuro exhibition
In the “Outdoor Lesson” corner, there will be cased displays of different animal droppings with descriptions, enabling people to see the different shapes and sizes poop comes in.
In the “Poop Arithmetic 3rd Year Students” corner is a photo spot where you can pose like the Poop Maths Teacher as shown on the right.
At the end of the exhibition there’s an exam room where you can take a test based on what you have learned from the exhibition.
There’ll even be a range of original and exclusive merchandise.
Postcard Set (5 Designs) – ¥400
Folders – ¥300
Toilet Roll – ¥348 / Character Tape Cutter – ¥700 / Leather Futon Books (2 Designs) – ¥500 Each
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Listed prices are pre-tax. Event content subject to change.
Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka
Running: September 27, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Until 18:00 on October 27; last entries 30 minutes before closing times)
Location: Fukuoka PARCO South Building Floor B1F
Entry Price: ¥600 (Free entry for preschoolers)
*POCKET PARCO members get ¥100 off
Event Page: https://art.parco.jp/fukuoka/detail/?id=297
Japan’s Poop Museum Dumps Its Load in Shanghai
05.September.2019 | SPOT
The poop-themed exhibition Unko Museum is set to roll into Shanghai on October 19 where it will run until January 3 next year.
The museum first appeared at the entertainment facility ASOBUILD, which is connected to Yokohama Station, where it is still running as Unko Museum YOKOHAMA. It was then followed by Unko Museum TOKYO where it is still open at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. This will mark the museum’s first trip overseas.
Just 4 months after opening in in Yokohama, the museum had amassed over 200,000 visitors. The subsequent Tokyo museum served to promote the new Japanese concept of “kawaii poop” to tourists both Japanese and foreign. It was a huge success and enjoyed substantially more visitors than predicted.
With the museum receiving huge attention from both Japan and overseas, Shanghai was chosen as the next destination as a means to develop the concept outside Japan since Shanghai is one of the main global cities of the Asian region. There is also the fact that mainland China has a population of over 1.4 billion. The Unko Museum aims to promote and establish itself as a new entertainment experience.
The museum will be set up at Joy City Shopping Mall, which is home to a whole host of experience entertainment, as well as restaurants, shops, and even a Ferris wheel. It will have the same content as the museum in Japan, including giant poop statues, the “Unstagenic Area,” a combination of the Japanese word for “poop” (unko) and the words “Instagram” and “photogenic” with cute and stylish poops, and more.
Unko Museum SHANGHAI
Address: Joy City Shopping Mall Floor 4F, 166 Xizang N Rd, Zhabei Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Running: October 19, 2019 – January 3, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:00)
Official Website: https://unkomuseum.com/
Poop Art Drops Its Load at the Unko Museum in Yokohama
14.February.2019 | SPOT
The new Unko Museum Yokohama is set to open on March 15, 2019 on the second floor of the new ASOBUILD entertainment facility in Yokohama which is opening on the same day.
This limited-time museum features a range of poop-themed exhibitions from giant sculptures to cute and sparkly area known as the Unstagenic Area, a combination of the Japanese word for “poop” (unko) and the words “Instagram” and “photogenic.” There’s also the Untelligence Area where you can learn about the history of faeces and the conditions of people’s poop around the world. There’s even the Unteractive Area where you can enjoy playing poop-related games.
The UK is home to its own National Poo Museum and South Korea has a toilet museum called Mr. Toilet House. Japan has hosted numerous events related to faeces to discuss diet and toilets too, but this is the country’s first amusement-type facility focused on it and it welcomes people of all ages and nationalities to get involved.
Advance tickets are now live on the ALE-BOX official website and will also be sold via e+ on February 16. Additionally, all people who visit the museum during the period March 15 to 17 will receive some original merchandise.
Further information will be posted via the museum’s official Twitter page in the run up to its grand opening.
An original pop/house song written has also been written for the museum and can only be heard by attending. It was written by Kenmochi Hidefumi of Wednesday Campanella with Frasco on vocals.
Unko Museum Yokohama
Address: ALE-BOX, ASOBUILD Floor 2F, 2-14-9 Takashima, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Running: March 15, 2019 – July 15, 2019
No Fixed Holidays.
[Monday-Thursday] 11:00-20:00 (Last Entry 19:30)
[Friday-Sunday & Holidays] 10:00-21:00 (Last Entry 20:30)
Attending: You must order an advance ticket but will be permitted entry without one if there are enough spaces on the day
Entry Times: Entry times are fixed on weekends, national holidays and days before holidays for the following slots: ①10:00-14:00 / ②14:00-17:00 / ③17:00-20:30
Price: Junior High School Student and Older – ¥1,600 / Elementary School Student – ¥900 / Toddler – Free料
Official Website: https://ale-box.com/unkomuseum/
Travel Q&A: Japanese Sento Bath Houses & 6 Recommended Ones in Tokyo
Sento have a different atmosphere compared to Onsen, or “hot springs” in Japan, and we’re here to explain what exactly that is.
1: What’s a “Sento”?
Sento are public baths located in the towns and cities of Japan whereas the Onsen is a spa where people can relax. One of the big differences between Onsen and Sento is the water. Onsen use hot water from hot spring sources and so the water contains natural ingredients. Sento on the other hand use tap water heated using a gas boiler or firewood. Sento also usually come as an old and traditional-styled electric bath or an outdoor-style bath. They are generally cheaper than Onsen.
2: What should I be aware of in a Sento?
Sento are used by people of all ages, so it is also called a “public bath.” There are some important rules to be aware of when using them.
The first thing is getting naked. You must first take off all your clothes before entering the bathroom. This is a basic rule in Japan. You can take a washcloth with you to both hide your private parts and to wash with. Before you soak in the bath, you must first wash and rinse your body. And remember to never put your washcloth in the bath, and of course that also means you cannot wash your clothes in the Sento. Use the basin a chair to clean yourself and then return them put to their original place for the next person to use. When you enter the dressing room after bathing, you need to wipe your body with your washcloth so as to prevent getting the dressing room floor from becoming wet.
3: How much is the entrance fee to a Sento?
Sento prices are fixed everywhere. Those ages 12+ pay ¥460, 6-12 pay ¥180 and under 6’s pay ¥80.
4: I need more information!
If you want to know more information about Sentos, you should check out the Tokyo Sento Association website here: http://www.1010.or.jp
You can also check out the rules of using Onsen here: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/70040
5: What are some recommended Sentos in Tokyo?
Let’s take a look at 6 different Sento in Tokyo.
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This Sento has a modern, fashionable and traditional Japanese “wa” style. There are both inside and outside baths as well as a sauna available to use in both the women and men’s bath for an additional fee. In the outside bath, there are carbonated springs, tubo-yu, and a cold water bath. Tubo-yu has a good effect on your skin and is great for stiff shoulders and and lower back pains.
Shimizuyu (Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo)
This is a very fashionable Sento. Its guests are often fashionable young people and business people. All water in this here is soft water and has a high concentration of carbonated springs. Silk baths are available too. They serve draft beer, Belgian beer, ice cream and snacks. They also sell towels, lotions and underwear so you can go there practically empty-handed.
Tenjinyu (Shimbamba Station, Tokyo)
This Sento was renewed in 2009 and designed by specialised designers. It is a space where you can feel comfortable and calm with its warm interior decorations and lighting. The most popular bath is the “Kuroyu” which uses hot water pumped up from 100 meters underground. Ingredients from the Paleozoic era are melted in the water. That plus a multitude of minerals makes it good for making your skin look beautiful. Experts say that the water is one of the 3 most densest Japan.
Minatoyu (Hatchobori, Tokyo)
The bathroom uses dark stones and tiles, so it has a luxurious feeling and calm atmosphere. Just above the bathtub is a colonnade making the atmosphere is very open. The water in the bathtub uses soft water. There’s an electric bath, a silk bath and 2 kinds of saunas.
Isshinyu (Shin-koiwa Station, Tokyo)
The highlight of this Sento is the lovely tile picture on the bathroom wall. In the women’s bathroom there is a mosaic tile depicting animals carrying a Japanese shrine known as a “mikoshi.” It was originally designed to make the children there feel happy. There are two big bathtubs: the circular bathtub is a bubble bath, and the square bathtub has water pillows (like a water bed!).
Saitoyu (Nippori Station, Tokyo)
This Sento has bath water that has a good effect on skin making it popular with female customers. There are beer servers in the Sento, so you can enjoy sipping a refreshing beer after taking a bath. There are five different baths including a high concentration artificial carbonated spring bath, a water bath, an electric bath, a high temperature bath, and an outside bath.
How did you like our Q&A about Sento? A visit to a Sento is a must if you really want to “soak in” Japanese culture!
“Shin-Edo Single Rooms” to be offered at Hotel New Otani. Let’s experience a traditional Japanese bath
18.October.2017 | SPOT
Since 2017 October 14th Hotel New Otani is offering its guests redecorated rooms with a new concept, that is the “Shin-Edo Single Room.” Anticipating a great increase in the number of foreigners visiting Japan up to the year of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and to meet the needs of such foreigners who want to experience true Japanese hospitality, Hotel New Otani has redecorated rooms with the theme of “traditional Edo culture.” These rooms will also be equipped with state of the art technology that Japan can be very proud of.
The Japanese Garden inside the Hotel New Otani grounds has been ranked at No. 6th in TripAdvisor’s top 20 list of “Best Free Attractions in Japan” following “Katsurarikyu” in Kyoto which ranked in at 5th place. In addition, this same garden was also selected at as one of the “Top 10 ‘oasis’ sites in Tokyo.”
With a history of more than 400 years, the garden had been the property of various samurai lords such as, Kiyomasa Kato’s compound, Ii family’s compound and Fushimi Court.
The 10-acre garden is known to be a power spot where a spring wells up and it features antique stone lanterns which convey the tradition and heritage of this garden. In addition, the tea ceremony house, “Waraku-an” is also located in the garden. This tea ceremony house was built by Kimura Seibei to hold a tea ceremony to commemorate the Crown Prince’s (present Emperor) returning from his attendance at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation ceremony.
The night time lighting of the garden has been undertaken by Motoko Ishii, a leading Japanese lighting designer. She designed the lighting of the garden to express Japan’s spirit of hospitality and the garden can be enjoyed from the guest rooms. She comments on this project as follows, “I wanted to express the lighting culture of Japan. To do this I took particular attention to the various graduations of light and shadow, and I have designed the lighting so that it is changed by season. I wanted the foreign guests of the hotel to feel the history of Japanese garden culture.”
For foreign visitors to Japan, of course visiting tourist sites, going shopping and eating Japanese cuisine is very popular but another favorite is visiting a spa or having a traditional Japanese bath.
One of the Japanese bath experiences and food experiences is the one glass of alcohol after taking a bath.
Chilled sake selected by the hotel sommelier – or a premium non-alcoholic beverage – is offered as a complimentary amenity exclusively in this room type. The selected sake is called “Jinmai Ginjyo Hakkaisan.” This sake is a highly acclaimed sake getting 94 points out of 100 points in the Ultimate Beverage Challenge 2017 held in the US.
The Japanese have pursued perfection from a limited space from long ago like a Sado and Bonsai arts.
“Shin-Edo Single Room” is advocated as a concept that the fact that the space alone is not proportional to the richness and convenience, that the necessary space is available in a limited space, and convenience brings true comfort.
These redecorated rooms are equipped with the necessary elements for a pleasant stay, strategically laid out in its 26 square meter space. Exclusive amenities, along with the Japanesque theme, offer a stay enriched with tradition, comfort, and technology.
It was designed by a Japanese designer living in Kyoto, who depicted old Japanese patterns and lanterns.
Why not experience a traditional Japanese bath at Japanese historical building?