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 40 In Season Potable water meets palatable design. Arts & Culture Issue 35 Solid, Liquid + Gas One element. Three states. When faced with change, be like water. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Yoga with Adriene The internet’s best friend is—finally—finding her own flow. Arts & Culture Garden Issue 45 Piet Oudolf The Dutch designer bringing life—and death—to traditional gardens. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Thomas MacDonell The conservationist transforming the Highlands. Arts & Culture Design Issue 45 The New Craftsmen From the Outer Hebrides to central London, Catherine Lock is celebrating the crafts heritage of Great Britain.