Wednesday, June 04, 2008

"Speed Bathing" All The Rage In Japan

So they want everyone to rush through their time with Mr. Sparkle?

TOKYO (Reuters) - Speedier family baths could help Japanese cut their burgeoning energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a government report said on Tuesday.

Japanese households consume less energy than their U.S. and European counterparts, but consumption has been sharply increasing --jumping 44 percent between 1990 and 2005 -- a big reason the environment white paper zeroed in on ways for people to save energy.

Families should not only shorten their daily showers by a minute -- a common recommendation in the West -- but should try to take baths in quick succession, the report said. (H/T - Reuters)

Can you imagine the scene in a typical Japanese residence? Four or five naked people standing in succession, waiting for their siblings to sprint out of the shower? On top of that, how safe do you think it is to rush people through this? I mean, a wet body on a slick surface with a glass door is not exactly the place you want to dance through!

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