Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bathing In Udon Broth...Just Another Sunday

Food-themed spas are just one of the trends listed in's feature on Japan's latest could-be trends, from ramen-noodle baths to self-cleaning toilets (Madonna is reportedly a fan).
One of the first to cash in on this trend is Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, a spa theme park in Hakone with a menu of "amusement baths." Hakone is a spot for a wine bath. Not feeling wine? Perhaps you would prefer a soak in green-tea, coffee, or sake at this place.

I'd go for a ramen-noodle bath, myself, which is shaped and outfitted like a ramen bowl. Chopsticks and noodle decorations hang over the hot tub; the pepper-flavored water is flecked with skin-healthy collagen and garlic extracts; and, best of all, "a man dressed as a chef dispenses noodle-shaped bath additives" and soy sauce into the water.

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