- Title: JAPAN: Japanese take a dip in a spicy "curry" bath
- Date: 29th July 2006
- Summary: (L!3) HAKONE, JAPAN (RECENT) (REUTERS) "CURRY BATH" AT HAKONE YUNESSUN SPA RESORT "CURRY" TREATMENT BEING MIXED IN SILVER BOWL MAN DRESSED IN BLUE TURBAN AND WHITE TUNIC COMES OUT CARRYING CURRY VARIOUS OF MAN WEARING TURBAN POURING CURRY ON KIDS' HANDS VARIOUS OF KIDS PLAYING WITH CURRY BOY PUTTING CURRY ON HIS CHEEKS CURRY BATH "CURRY BATH" SIGN MAN BATHING IN CURRY TUB MAN WEARING TURBAN POURS CURRY ON TEENAGER'S SHOULDER CURRY DRIPPING (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) KAZUKI TANIHATA, A 14-YEAR-OLD MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT FROM YOKOHAMA, SAYING: "It feels like real curry. It's got a nice spicy smell." PLASTIC VEGETABLES KENICHI AOKI AND HIS DAUGHTER PLAYING IN CURRY BATH YELLOW-COLOURED WATER (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) KENICHI AOKI, 36, A NURSE FROM TOKYO, SAYING: "Simply put, it's really fun - both the way it looks and the smell of it. It's my first time to bathe in curry. My daughter loves it a lot." MOTHER AND HER BABY SON PLAYING IN BATH (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) YUSUKE SATO, "HAKONE YUNESSUN" SPA RESORT SPOKESMAN WEARING PURPLE TURBAN, SAYING: "The curry bath contains red pepper, so it makes you sweat even more. Other spices like turmeric and orange peel also clear and rejuvenate your skin." ZOOM OUT FROM CURRY TUREEN ORNAMENT TO KIDS IN CURRY BATH
- Embargoed: 13th August 2006 13:00
- Location: Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVAAKQ67T0XIH122Z2E6VGJ0TMM0
- Story Text: Japan's 3-billion U.S. dollar hot spring industry is looking to curry favour -- or curry flavour -- to tempt bathers.
The Yunessun Spa Resort in Japan's traditional hot spring town of Hakone has made a "curry bath," making traditional curry broth into a spicy spa treatment.
The 30-million U.S. dollar curry bath offers the smell and feel of the real thing but is not for human consumption. Vegetables floating in the bath are made of plastic.
"It feels like real curry. It's got a nice spicy smell," Kazuki Tanihata, a 14-year-old middle school student from Yokohama, said after a spa staffer wearing a blue turban poured the yellow curry treatment on his shoulder.
Kenichi Aoki, 36, a nurse from Tokyo, said: "Simply put, It's really fun - both the way it looks and the smell of it. It's my first time to bathe in curry. My daughter loves it a lot."
Spa officials say taking a dip in the curry bath is good for health as ingredients include red pepper and turmeric which both help improve the bathers' metabolism.
"The curry bath contains red pepper, so it makes you sweat even more. Other spices like turmeric and orange peel also clear and rejuvenate your skin," said Yusuke Sato, a Hakone Yunessun Spa Resort spokesman.
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