Forest Bathing

collage on rag paper.
30 x 22.5 inches

This print celebrates the Japanese tradition of Forest Bathing, or shinrin-yoku. In 1982, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries instituted a national forest bathing program and has since designated a number of regional forest bathing reserves. Shinrin-yoku is simply spending time outdoors under the canopy of trees. In Japanese, “shinrin” means forest and “yoku” means bath, or immersing oneself in the forest and soaking in the atmosphere through the senses.