• Short Summary

    TAKING A BATH IN JAPAN CAN NOW BE ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE PASTIMES.?

  • Description

    TAKING A BATH IN JAPAN CAN NOW BE ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE PASTIMES. A HOTEL AT MISHIMA, A HOT SPRINGS RESORT SEVENTY MILES FROM TOKYO, NOW HAS FOR ITS GUESTS A TWENTY-TWO CARAT GOLD BATHTUB WORTH EIGHTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING. BUT FOR MOST PEOPLE WHO USE IT A QUICK PLUNGED MIGHT HAVE TO DO -- THE HOTEL IS CHARGING ONE POUND FOR EACH TWO MINUTES.

    HAVING A BATH IS JAPAN IS ALMOST A CEREMONIAL OCCASION AND THE HOTEL EXPECTS A BRISK DEMAND.

    THE INTEREST IN BATHING WAS REFLECTED IN THE CROWDS WHO WATCHED THE BATHTUB BEING PARADED THROUGH TOKYO AND ALONG THE SEVENTY MILES DRIVE TO MISHIMA. THEIR INTEREST WAS ALSO HELD BY THE APPEARANCE IN THE BATHTUB OF A BEAUTY QUEEN WHO RODE IN THE PARADE THROUGH TOKYO.

    THE BATHTUB, GAUDILY FIGURED AND TRIFLE SMALL FOR A EUROPEAN, MIGHT HELP THE HOTEL RECOUP SOME OF THE MONEY IT MISSED DURING THE OLYMPIC GAMES. THE MANAGEMENT PLANNED ELABORATELY FOR HOUSE FULL BOOKINGS BY VISITORS TO THE GAMES BUT FEW OF THE TOURISTS CAME AND THOSE WHO DID STAYED ONLY BRIEFLY. THE CHANGE OF TAKING A SOLID-GOLD BATH MIGHT CHANGE ALL THAT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA71V4T5AX6XG57SY7VUVVGPKQ3
    Media URN:
    VLVA71V4T5AX6XG57SY7VUVVGPKQ3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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