In the West, a bath is a place one goes to cleanse the body. In Asia, one goes there to cleanse the soul. Bathing is calming and meditative. Most Korean families spend Sunday together at the sauna, relaxing and getting clean. I love a good soak, but I haven't had a tub in a long time. The Japanese make it a daily ritual to clean themselves before bed. They slip into warm tub for a good sleep-inducing soak before getting into a clean bed, themselves all nice and clean. This is something I think we could all use. Sweet dreams!
I'm a big sucker for a big ol' romantic claw-foot tub.