The Japanese are very fond of the furo, the hot Japanese-style bath, because they can not only cleanse themselves but also relax and soak away the stress of the day. Besides a tub, the bathroom also has space with a drain to wash one's body.
When the Japanese take a furo at home, they normally heat the water in the tub to around 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). They clean themselves with soap outside the tub first, washing themselves down with a hand-held shower. They do not wash themselves in the tub. This way, the water will stay clean and can be used by others later.
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