Cultural Origami: Japanese Hygiene and Disposable Slippers for the Spa, Pool and Bath

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Slippers have been an expected welcome item in luxury hotels and spas for decades, but they’re just starting to show up in mainstream establishments. However, in Japan, this was never the case. Why? For the answer, we turn to Wikipedia’s article on Japanese Bathrooms. In fact, the custom of wearing slippers in the bathroom dates back centuries, to a time when toilets used to be located outside the home in the garden or on the street. Japanese culture strictly defines a difference between areas deemed clean and unclean. This dichotomy is the reason why many Japanese remove their footwear when entering a house. Due to the fact that toilets used to be located outside (similar to Western outhouses), it was essential to put on slippers when walking from the clean zone inside the house to the outside, considered by most to be dirty.

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Even though bathrooms in Japan migrated inside…

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How to save water in emergency situations thanks to disposable sheets. Or be prepper.

End of the World : Join the Preppers?

The words may be a bit strong but maybe the World is not that strong!

However, I’m not going to tell you about the Apocalypse but how to go about preparing to face a severe crisis.

It is not just movies are dealing with this subject. Many may recall the year 2012 as the fall of civilisation according to Mayan predictions! It also gets mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. Even Hergé deals with it in Tintin’s Shooting Star when Prof. Phostle walks the streets banging the gong and calling us to redemption…

Have you got it yet?

Here I can hear you unbelievers saying:  “It’s just fiction!”

Yet haven’t we seen:

ØPeople climbing on to roofs or camping in their attic when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf of Mexico and the southern United States,

ØThe volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. Stranding thousands of people in airports or in their homes.

ØThe massive migration of people in Europe taking place nowadays.

These types of massive problems could affect you, or what if they happen to you?

Getting prepared for such disorders of civilisation also means getting ready to face them… How long will you be able to stand such disruptions?

One or two weeks? A month; a few months? A whole year maybe?

This is where the limit between a manageable crisis and chaos lies.

Governments have made disaster preparedness lists and kits: here the one from International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies

They’ve told us about the importance of water and food. TV, radio, newspapers, all other communications media and government reminds us about it!

Food and water and even communications are important for sure, but is that it?

No water means the end, but basic hygiene is paramount.  No, not talking of science fiction again. Just crucial points. Our health would be threatened and one would not last long.

This is why, whatever the process, everybody agrees we must have food and good hygiene.

Now you have a dilemma: saving water but still keeping your environment clean!

This means having clean clothes, sheets and dishes without having to wash them; the less water you waste, the longer you will be safe.

We could get our inspiration from how governments deal with disasters, as they tend to attempt to consider all eventualities.

However, reality is often worse than envisaged.

Traumatic experiences such as the big tsunami in Thailand or the latest Syrian exodus showed how good logistics are primordial. Beyond a large supply of food and water, processes always include providing tents, beds, clean sheets and blankets.

from Caractère ParisWhich is why governments have agreements with specialized companies such as Caractère Paris, whose expertise of emergencies and capacity to provide thousands of disposable linen and blankets within 24 hours makes it a key player.

For space saving the equipment is designed to be transported without specialised equipment and can easily be stored.

As single citizens, we too can get ready to face the unpredictable!

Crisis Management and Emergency Sleeping Arrangements: Planning and Prevention with Disposable Sheets

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Recent weather crises in Europe (blizzards, snow storms, floods, tornadoes, volcanic dust clouds, etc.), governmental instability around the Mediterranean (violent protests, revolutions and camps of political refugees) and global natural disasters (earthquakes, forest fires, hurricanes, etc.) have proven that preparation makes all the difference when it comes to crisis management.

Dealing with disasters, political unrest and climatic changes is of course difficult for the victims, but it is also difficult for governments, airports, train stations, hotels, city halls and other responsible facilities to organise and deploy a response.

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Within a matter of minutes, anywhere from dozens to thousands of people can become stranded in airports and train stations, or even worse, left homeless. They’re often placed in emergency lodging in community or cultural centres, malls, gymnasiums and schools that become transformed into improvised emergency shelters. This winter, during the heavy snows of December and January…

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Caractere’s Disposable Linens Mobilized to Aid Syrian Refugees in Germany

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This fall, Germany’s administration broke apart from the position held by its neighbors and other members of the European Union on the subject of a pressing humanitarian aid crisis: Syrian refugees. Germany became the first country on the continent to accept a large contingent of asylum-seekers from the war-torn country.

The pilot program will allow 5,000 Syrians to relocate over the course of one year, thanks to the organisation of 25 private flights by the German government. Counting those who will receive this assistance and other refugees who migrate on their own, estimates place the number of people to flee Syria in recent years for Europe at 17,000+ by the beginning of 2014.

Germany and the UNHCR are lobbying other European members to contribute space for the refugees or other resources to help smooth their resettlement.

The UNHCR, or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,  selected the initial group…

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To be Prude or to be Nude? Massages in Total Comfort with Massage Apparel

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Every one knowsg-string massages are a time to relax. Yet preparing for a massage can be (and all too often is, unfortunately) a stressful experience.

First, you have to choose the right day and time to visit your therapist, and make sure nothing stressful is scheduled before or after the massage that would take you out of the zone of inner peace.

Second, you have to choose the rig
ht therapist: one who won’t massage too hard, but not too soft either; with the right style — Swedish, Californian, Ayurvedic or deep tissue; with the right oils so that your skin leaves the appointment feeling nourished, without breaking out in pimples the next day.

Third, right before the session, the moment most likely to cause awkwardness and stress comes: the time to undress. Some parlours require their clients to strip down entirely and become naked, then crawl under a sheet…

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