CALL OF THE WILD

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Ja­panese wis­dom in The Joy Of For­est Bathing by Me­lanie Choukas-Bradley

The prac­tice of Shrin­rin-yoku – for­est bathing – is a much-loved rit­ual in the Ja­panese cal­en­dar. In this guide, sweetly il­lus­trated by Lieke van der Vost, Choukas-Bradley ex­plains how ditch­ing the de­mands of daily life for a cou­ple of hours and let­ting our­selves fully en­gage with the sights and sounds of na­ture can leave us re­freshed and re­ju­ve­nated. All that’s needed is a small patch of un­tamed wild­ness – the aim is not to stomp for miles, but to savour the trea­sures of the sea­son slowly – and let a world of fall­ing leaves, oaks and acorns, re­mind us of “the ex­cite­ment of mi­gra­tion and the pull of hearth and home”. (

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