Bathing Customs in Japan, Middle East, and Eastern Europe
Bathing Followed by Cool Water or Steam Rooms, Massage, and Socializing
Baths and steam baths have been a traditional part of life in Japan, the Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe. In these traditions, a person washes the whole body and then spends time in hot or cool pools or steam rooms, sometimes has a massage, and later rests comfortably while visiting with others.
Japanese society has the term “skinship” for the bond created in villages and small social groups by sharing the bathhouse.