what is a bathe? and what does it mean to bathe? we shall see.
The term misogi is used to describe bathing in Japan and means the ritual purification with water. It cleanses not only the mind and body, but also the kokoro, a persons spirit or heart. Bathing in the Japanese culture is very important. It is also very different from the American bath. Unlike Americans that fill up a hot tub and jump right in, the Japanese do the cleansing prior to soaking in an always, very hot tub. Typically a bucket of water is used to wash and cleanse the body, then a clean tub is used for soaking and relaxation.
It is also common to have mixed bathing, or see children bathing with their parents. This has caused some controversy because of the image it portrays, and at one time was banned in Japan. But, today it is often still seen. Sometimes this is done in complete nudity, or for those whom are more modest a towel or loincloth is used.