The term OSHIBORI comes from the Japanese verb shiboru, meaning “to wring”. OSHIBORI was started in the Edo period around the 1600s, as the use of OSHIBORI (hot towels) became popular in tea houses. A piece of cloth was soaked in water and given to travelers who stopped by to rest. The warmth and cleanliness of the cloth was a heartwarming gesture to travelers. Not long after, the popularity of OSHIBORI rapidly spread in the modern era of Japan and is now the basic standard of hospitality around the world- from airlines, restaurants, and hotels.
How to use OSHIBORI:
Generally, OSHIBORI are used for cleaning your hands - you can wipe your hands with the clean wet towel. On summer days, present the towel cold, but during cold winter months it should be warm. OSHIBORI is made for hand wiping only, and, it will be inappropriate to use it on your face to wipe off your sweat, though you may see others use it that way. After you use the wet towel for your hands before eating your meal, fold the OSHIBORI as you might need to use it again after you finish your meal. Hint: use the other side of the towel.
Where you will find OSHIBORI:
Given the feeling OSHIBORI connotes, the ritual of providing a hot or cold towel to your guests has gained in popularity and demand. From businesses such as hotels, spas, VIP lounges or suites, to hospitals, assisted living facilities, and dentists - to first class accommodations while traveling via private jet or airlines.