The Japanese Guide to Self-Care

While the term “self-care” is having a bit of a moment in the UK and America right now, it’s existed in many forms in East Asia for centuries. And it’s not just face masks and hashtags on social media, Japanese self-care includes rituals, mindfulness and practising healthy habits. These are the best of Japan’s wellness traditions to try today.


Usually referred to as ‘ofuro’, bathing is a ritualistic activity in Japan. It’s about much more than washing off the day’s dirt — daily baths are considered a way to wash away fatigue and stress…