Call me a traditionalist, nurse but I generally prefer steeping my tea rather than steeping myself in my tea. Not everyone feels this way, view as evidenced by the popularity of the green tea room at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun hot springs spa resort and water amusement park located in the Hakone region of Japan.
A unique spa containing real green [tea]. The huge tea pot is 2m tall and is very remarkable. The tea is from the foot of the Tanzawa and Hakone mountains, known for a suitable climate for growing tea plants. The green tea grown in this area is rich in aroma and contains Catechin, a powerful anti-oxidant fighting tumors as well as enhancing the immune system. Also, good for the skin.
I can not speak to the health claims attributed to immersion in green tea, although I imagine that it might smell pretty great. For 3,500 yen (approximately $37.00 US) a visitor can spend all day at the Yunessun zone of the spa, which also includes a variety of other high-concept liquid adventures. One of these, the wine spa looks pretty much like what you would imagine – a giant bowl of blood with people dropped in for flavor and texture. I appreciate the imagination behind the concept and all of the varieties of experience that the place offers. It must be quite a lot of fun to design these whimsical beverage-based spas.
Possibly Related Posts:
- Indonesian Teas
- Chado: The Way of Tea, at ArtXchange
- ATB Blog Carnival: AdagioTeas’ “Roots Campaign.”
- Tea industry help for Japan
- Lan Xiang Xian Zhi (Orchid Fairy Twig, 蘭香仙枝), a wonderful green tea sold by Life In Teacup