Facilitating the best health for your neck, shoulders and waist.
A “Goemonburo” is a cast-iron tub that is heated from underneath using firewood. The bathtub is only large enough for one person to sit in, but this means that you can warm the neck and the waist to perfection, two of the places that constitute the cornerstone of health.
The infrared heat improves the blood circulation of the entire body and penetrates right to the core, so you will sleep well after bathing in a “Goemonburo” and the next day you will feel refreshed. In the old days, using a “Goemonburo” acted as a shortcut to achieving good health.
The warming of the “Goemonburo” is not only supported by the heat radiated from below the cast-iron tub. High temperature smoke can pass through a flue from the bottom to the top, and in the process the smoke completely heats up the whole bath. Every year, craftsmen who use traditional production techniques are declining and so they are seeking to promote the conservation and integrity of technologies such as these.
The goemomburo in Satoyamasha was constructed by a professional plasterer in a traditional way. The precious techniques which have been inherited only among traditional plasterers, are now at risk to disappear as they have almost no opportunities to make goemonburo these days. Please see the rare shots of its making scene.