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Japan is proud of its bathing traditions.Two terms are basic when talking about Japanese baths: onsen and sento. A sento, usually translated as public bath, typically uses regular water, traditionally heated by burning wood.The distinction is noted because various spring waters are supposed to have different health benefits.Now that every home has its own bath, younger people often never cultivated the habit.At a typical bath here's the routine:Use it for washing and/or to dry yourself a bit after your bath so you don't drip onto the changing room floor.The bathroom has individual washing stations. The bath is just for soaking; since the water there is shared, you're expected to be clean first.At this point you'll still be carrying your small towel, which brings up another rule: never put your towel into the bath.The most traditional thing to do with the small towel is fold it and rest it on your head while you're bathing.
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