While bathing in any culture serves to clean the body, in the Japanese culture, bathing also serves to relax and restore the body. In the Japanese culture it is not uncommon for people to bathe together, especially parents with their children. Before entering the bathing pool or tub, they sit on a stool outside of the tub and cleanse themselves with hot water to become clean and remove any dirt. It is only after they have cleaned their bodies that they enter the pool or tub and proceed to relax. Because people enter the pool clean, more people are able to use the same water without it becoming dirty so quickly. In homes, baths are taken in a particular order; from oldest to youngest and men before women.