Why do Japanese dads bathe first?

As everyone shares the same reheated water, the water is cleanest then. A positive effect from the women’s point of view is that it stops him drinking and gets him out of the way while the women of the house clear up.

2 Comments

  1. Clarissa said,

    July 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Is this really still the common practice? My Japanese students say it’s not.

  2. alexcase said,

    July 30, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I think it still happens, or at least it is at the back of people’s minds that it should be that way, but I’m sure there are also a few households where they don’t even remember that it used to be that way. It also relies on Otoosan being home from work or after work drinks by bathtime, of course…


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