- Title: JAPAN: "Marie Antoinette-style" champagne bath
- Date: 26th December 2006
- Summary: (L!2) HAKONE, JAPAN (DECEMBER 20, 2006) (REUTERS) WOMAN PUTTING "MARIE ANTOINETTE" WIG ON PAN FROM BIG CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE TO BATHERS "BUTLER" SHOWS UP CARRYING CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES VARIOUS OF BUTLER SHOWING CHAMPAGNE TO BATHERS BUTLER OPENING CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE VARIOUS OF BUTLER POURING CHAMPAGNE OVER WOMAN'S HEAD CLOSE UP OF CHAMPAGNE TRICKLING FROM BOTTLE WOMAN RECEIVES CHAMPAIGN IN HANDS, DRINKS AND SAYS "IT'S TASTY" (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) KOZUE SASAKI, 23, BATHER, SAYING: "It smells good and feels good because it's cold." (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) KAZUMI NAGANUMA, 26, BATHER, SAYING: "It was tasty. I feel my skin got smoother." (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) SHOTARO KOJIMA, 25, BATHER, SAYING: "I cannot take alcohol that well so I'm already drunk." A COUPLE BATHING IN CHAMPAGNE BATH (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) YUSUKE SATO, BATH HOUSE SPOKESMAN AND BUTLER IN DISGUISE, SAYING: "Marie Antoinette loved to bathe in champagne. So we thought we'd let our customers experience the same and get a feeling of what it's like to be Marie Antoinette in a champagne bath." VARIOUS OF WOMAN WITH CHAMPAGNE BEING POURED OVER HER ARM MORE OF BATHERS IN CHAMPAGNE BATH CLOSE-UP OF CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES
- Embargoed: 10th January 2007 12:00
- Location: Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA2YM3SUVMEHNGUTYWSSDLIA6BD
- Story Text: In her pursuit of pleasures and of extravagances, Marie Antoinette is said to have filled her bath tub with bottles of champagne.
More than 200 years later, the French queen's bubbly luxury made a comeback in the hot spring town of Japan, where people wearing Marie Antoinette-style wigs got pampered in a champagne bath.
This spa resort has come up with the idea of offering a champagne bath during this holiday season to give its customers a taste of the opulence of Versailles.
Some just bathe in it quietly, others cannot resist drinking it. Some women also rub the champagne onto their skin, saying it helps their skin become smoother.
"It was tasty. I feel my skin got smoother," said Kazumi Naganuma, a 26-year-old spa customer.
Kojima Shotaro, 25, who came with his girlfriend to bathe here, said the smell of champagne alone made him feel drunk.
"I cannot take alcohol that well so I'm already drunk," Kojima said.
The champagne bath is the latest addition to this spa resort, which offers dozens of entertainment baths ranging from a sake bath to a coffee bath.
"Marie Antoinette loved to bathe in champagne. So we thought we'd let our customers experience the same and get a feeling of what it's like to be Marie Antoinette in a champagne bath," said Yusuke Sato, a spa spokesman who poses as the "butler."
In this past summer season, the spa offered a spicy "curry" bath. For next year's Valentine's Day, the spa says it will offer a "chocolate" bath filled with real, edible chocolate cream.
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