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Kelleen Tries It: Forest Bathing

imageHello, everyone! I am starting a series of posts where I try new fads, trends, and book crazes so that you, dear reader, do not have to. Today we start with shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing.

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, which has been out for a few years. It is a beautiful book full of gorgeous photos and small amounts of text so as not to overwhelm the reader. The beginning gives a background to the Japanese cultural significance of the forest and the practice of shinrin-yoku. Trees have always held a spiritual importance for the Japanese people. A class of samurai in the Edo period specifically protected trees in the Akasawa Forest. If a person cut down a tree, the samurai would cut off their head ... continued