Posted by: softypapa | January 3, 2008

Vintage Japan Bath Stool – Old Style Wooden Furo Bench

Vintage Japan Bath Stool Old Style Wooden Furo Bench Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Vintage Japan Bath Stool Old Style Wooden Furo Bench Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Vintage Japan Bath Stool Old Style Wooden Furo Bench Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Vintage Japan Bath Stool Old Style Wooden Furo Bench Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Vintage Japan Bath Stool Old Style Wooden Furo Bench Japanese Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Old wooden Japanese bath stool.  Small wooden benches such as this are used in Japan to sit upon when bathing in the Japanese-style bath (furo).  The Japanese commonly clean their body outside the bathtub and then soak in the tub only after their bodies are thoroughly scrubbed and rinsed.  The bather will normally sit upon a small bench outside the tub and use a pail to pour water over their body.  Modern bath stools are commonly plastic while old fashioned stools were typically made of wood from the Japanese suginoki tree which is known as Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria) in the west.  Suginoki is native only to Japan and has long been a favored wood for the making of high-quality cabinetry and woodcraft.  Japanese wooden bath stools are assembled without the use of fasteners or adhesive and are held together by tightly fitted wood joints.

About the Listed Item

The old Japanese bath stool offered here, though of good quality, has nevertheless seen its share of past use and the wood is somewhat darkened with age and exposure to water.  The stool is otherwise in fair condition and ready to once more be used as a functional bath tool or as a unique display piece.  The stool has been strengthened in the past with glue which is visible at some of the seams.  This old bath stool dates from the mid to late Japanese Showa period (1926-1989).

Size:
Height: 5.9 inches (15.0 centimeters)
Length (across top of stool): 9.2 inches (23.5 centimeters)
Width (across top of stool): 5.7 inches (14.7 centimeters)
Weight: 20.2 ounces (578 grams)

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item code: R4S1-0003376
category code: (japan_furo)
ship code: G6

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