People have most likely been submerging themselves in hot water since, well, before they were people; just look at those adorably furry Japanese macaques chilling out in snowy mountain onsen. We might have evolved past all that body hair, but soaking in hot water still feels good. Natural mineral hot springs burbling out of volcanic mountains are one thing, but stand-alone Jacuzzi tubs are something else entirely. Given their popular reputation as a site of swinging ’60s, quaalude-fueled romps, perhaps no one will be surprised to learn that the modern hot tub was invented in California. But the story behind that invention is as wholesome as apple pie. After immigrating to the US in the early 20th century from rural northwest Italy, Candido Jacuzzi settled with This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 51 Field Notes How to watch the water. Arts & Culture Issue 48 Figure Skating with Mirai Nagasu The Olympic athlete has known glory, pain and transcendence on the ice. Arts & Culture Issue 48 The Kitchen Sink An ode to the fount of domestic life. Arts & Culture Issue 48 Wim Hof An audience with the Iceman. Arts & Culture Issue 48 Water, Water Everywhere How the 32-ounce water bottle became a lifestyle prop. Arts & Culture Issue 40 In Season Potable water meets palatable design.