Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2013 Adam M. Merry
Steeped in tradition for over a thousand years, bathing culture in Japan remains relevant due to the preservation of the traditional, innovative modernization of existing bathing structures, and the diversification therein. This thesis will examine the significance of bathing culture, focusing largely on onsen and sento, account for its historical evolution, analyze how it functions in modern society and forecast its future viability. More specifically, the concept that Japan's vibrant bathing culture was able to flourish due to mythological creation stories, politically motivated access to baths, propagated therapeutic value, and scientific reinforcement of the benefits of a hot bath will be explored.
Merry, Adam M., "More Than a Bath: An Examination of Japanese Bathing Culture" (2013). CMC Senior Theses. 665.