This is the 2nd of my ‘wish list’ series (after over 200 posts!) so yeah I don’t take my wish list lightly. Just a warning that this is a long rambling post as it took me a while to figure out the perfect tub that I want.
I started off with this post wanting an ofuro tub in my next place, no thanks to a colleague from Japan waxing lyrical about how relaxing the Japanese tubs are a few months ago. Actually, an ofuro tub with a view would be more like it. Like the one in the featured picture above.
Hahaha. Ok, more realistically, a bathroom with space for an ofuro tub AND a shower. I can always install reading lights (and a ‘reading’ board for books) and a small TV to compensate for the lack of view (I like to keep myself busy, haha, otherwise soaking and trying to feel zen just bores me). If I am in a non-city area I could wish for an ofuro under the stars. Quite poetic except for my irrational fear of flying (and non-flying for the matter) insects. But anyway in Singapore you’ll hardly get the kind of milky way star view that I crave for:
Picture via: http://imgur.com/gallery/xYurN
Apparently this is a night sky view from Sweden. Since I haven’t been there, I don’t know if the Swedish night sky really looks like that. But at least in Africa and New Zealand, I loved the night sky. It was quite a revelation when I realised that the sky can be really pretty at night (and so many stars!). In Singapore our view is just too ‘polluted’ by all the surrounding lights. Anyway, I digress.
So an ofuro is a Japanese soaking tub. Unlike the western counterpart, an ofuro is shorter and deeper so that you are soaked up to your neck in a sitting position. I think pictures are necessary so I’ve borrowed the pics from Bartok Design:
Bartok Design ships to Singapore by the way. Very pricy customised wood ofuro. Feel free to browse their products if you have a good chunk of change to get an ofuro made of traditional wood (hinoki) (but I think I can only afford acrylic/fibreglass or whatever man-made material…).
So while looking for pictures of ofuros, this is my favourite:
Ofuro tub with a view, with practical steps to enter the tub and hybrid style. But in Singapore this is hardly likely unless I get some unblocked penthouse or a very secluded landed property (and I am not rich enough to do either!). Or I really need to find someone who can provide the Lumisty® window film that I am so enamoured with… So back to browsing some other websites, and I found these from Toto.
This one has a special tub height window. I really like the idea! Even better if the ceiling opens to the sky but having a tub height window is already a bonus. Oh and it shows how an achievable toilet I’ll imagine in my future home – a wet area with half the space allocated to the shower, and the other half to the tub. But… if I can’t have a window, perhaps the alternative is to have the ofuro located near the wall of the bedroom, install a glass wall/window/TV/speakers and create a full indoor experience. Plus I really don’t want to have to clean the ofuro regularly, so I need a cover for the ofuro. Ok, so my wish list expanded to a hybrid ofuro with a view, and with a removable cover. 0_O
This second one is almost perfect. Except for the tub direction, I think the head should lean against the wall so that the ‘soaker’ can look up at the skylight. But otherwise, perfect.
Toto tub pictures via: http://www.toto.co.jp/products/bath/b00032/plan.htm
Ok but then I remember the other problem that I have while soaking in hotel tubs (the 1st is the weird stretched-out legs that can’t touch the other end of the tub). Head/neck support!! Yeah, I need something to lean my head against, like those in the car. So back to Google search and I found loads of ‘bath tub neck pillows’ and tubs for babies including this adorable one (I need an adult’s version though and I can’t fit into the sink!):
And the closest I came to finding one is this – the Amalfi tub by Victoria + Albert Baths:
Picture via: http://vandabaths.com/usa/products/amalfi/
I know. Gorgeous right? I mean the tub, not the model. (-_-“)
Even has a neck pillow with suction pads if you prefer some neck support:
So this is it I guess. No cover, but I can live with that since the tub looks so gorgeous (some sacrifices have to be made for beauty). Mmm… dunno if it is available in Singapore. Even if it is I am guessing that it’s a fairly out of reach 4 figure amount. But heck, it’s a wish list right?
My final wish list is a slipper soaking tub (hopefully with a view).
I’ll leave you to admire the graceful curves again: