The Bathroom: Soothe your Mind and Body

2019.02.12 Editor : D.S. TAG : Bathroom

When it comes to hygiene, organic and natural is the way to go. And these items will help spruce up your daily routine in an environmentally-friendly way.

The "New Crinkle Super Bag" (center) is featured in our column "The Living Room: Lighting and Decorations"

“Aomori Apple Tree Mirror Stand” by Kimura Woodcraft Factory

Hirosaki City in Aomori Prefecture is known as one of the top apple producing regions in Japan. Each year, many apple trees are discarded because they are famously difficult to process as usable wood. In order to keep the trees from going to waste and to try to achieve a zero-emission society, the wood has been used to make this series of household items.

This mirror is compact in size and can fit easily in a tight bathroom space. With a small wooden base on which it rests, the design is extremely simple yet sleek. The back of the mirror features a beautiful asymmetrical shape and serves to decorate the room even when it’s not being used as a mirror. The design was inspired by Shirakami-Sanchi, a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its gorgeous mountainous terrains and for encompassing Japan's largest virgin beech forest. The mirror stands are carefully handcrafted individually, making each one completely unique from the other. I always try to support products that are produced with the intention of preserving the environment, and this mirror has been an excellent addition to my bathroom.


Kimura Woodcraft Factory Ltd.
AomoriChitose, Hirosaki-shi.4-13-17

“Charcoal Toothbrush and Charcoal Mt. Fuji Toothbrush Stand” by Ascam

Produced by the same company that created the “Charcoal Forest” and “Sumi no Rikyu” room deodorizers, the toothbrush is made with ceramic charcoal collected from wood shavings of cedar and hinoki (cypress) trees from Shizuoka Prefecture. The charcoal-infused bristles help absorb bacteria and debris to effectively clean the teeth and gums, and the same carbon absorbing properties that remove plaque and tannins can also remove the bacteria that causes bad breath.

The cone-shaped toothbrush stand was designed to imitate and recreate the clean and fresh air of Mt. Fuji. Also made using ceramic charcoal derived from the wood shavings of hinoki and cedar trees of Shizuoka Prefecture, its natural dehumidifying capabilities are useful for hygienically maintaining bathroom areas that are prone to high levels of humidity. This was my first time trying a charcoal toothbrush, and I felt the thin yet sturdy bristles were great for maneuvering difficult-to-reach areas.


ShizuokaKataoka, Yoshida-cho, Haibara-gun.356-1

“Ceramic Toothbrush Stand” by Marukenseito Co., Ltd.

This toothbrush stand made with “Sucera®,” a super ceramic material developed jointly with the Gifu Prefectural Ceramics Research Institute, provides excellent absorbency and evaporation functions. When necessary, the ceramic toothbrush stand can be washed or even bleached like normal tableware.

Due to the natural properties of the material, it easily absorbs the water droplets that run down from the toothbrush or soap after use. The compact and minimalist design of the toothbrush stand will enable it to fit on even the smallest of bathroom counters, and it’s really made it easier to keep my sink area clean by absorbing water so effectively.

Toothbrush stand

GifuTakirocho, Tajimi-shi.15-Chome 131

“Peruvian Cotton Face Towel” & “Indian Organic Cotton Face Towel” by Asahibo Co., Ltd.

Durability, softness and absorbency are key factors when selecting a high quality towel. Although you may not be able to discern these by simply looking at them, it is immediately obvious when you feel the soft textures of these towels.

As the name suggests, these towels are made with cotton produced in Peru. More specifically, it is made from Tanguis cotton, which, like Aspero, is a very rare type of cotton that grows in the irrigated valleys of the central coast and southern Peru. The thick fibers and wool-like toughness of the cotton enhance the ability to absorb water and the soft spongy texture is extremely comfortable when pressed against your skin. The towel is made in the Senshu area of Osaka, where the Japanese towel industry originated. Everything from the production, weaving, dyeing and sewing of the thread is conducted locally to create three high-quality towels with different types of textures.

The “Indian Organic Cotton Face Towel” is also produced and dyed in Senshu, Osaka. However, this towel is made from organic cotton from India, and the difference is in the softness and texture. As opposed to the spongy and somewhat rougher texture of the Peruvian cotton towel, this towel is extremely soft and equally absorbent. As well as keeping a set in my bathroom, this towel comes with me when I go to the gym or do outdoor sports.


OsakaTarui, Sennan-shi.4-1-53


OsakaTarui, Sennan-shi.4-1-53

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D.S. was born in America and has lived in Japan for 25 years. His interests include photography, video editing and traveling, and his favourite place in Japan is Kyoto.