"The term “Shinrin-yoku” (森林浴) was coined in 1982 by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. It was defined by Park et al. (2010) as: “Making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest: a process intended to improve an individual’s state of mental and physical relaxation.” [...] A slew of studies has been conducted looking at the physical effects and health benefits of forest bathing on the human body. Through the use of blood tests, MRIs, and other medical examinations a strong positive correlation between physical health and Shinrin-yoku has been established."
I began this project in 2017. I've been bathing along the same forest more than once during each season. I hiked through a short path which follows a water pipeline all the way to its source: a small and steep stream serving about half of the farmlands nearby. Throughout five years, the pictures I've collected are my personal contribution and an invitation to join this now worldwide phenomenon.