Japanese hotels are providing special rooms for guests who wish to weep and sob. A new fad promotes crying as a means of casting stress aside, with apps and mass gatherings designed to provoke wailing and floods of tears.
The Mitsui Garden Yotsuya Hotel in Tokyo has a special offer for women: rooms to cry in. The offers suits self-conscious weepers, who wish to break into tears but feel it should ideally be a private “muffled” affair, carried out solo behind closed doors.
Special crying rooms include a selection of sentimental films and books, even comics, a spokesman for the hotel told Japanese e-magazine Excite.
A “cry room” at the hotel can be booked and used during the day by one person, website AsiaOne reports. Once inside, a guest can feel free to let tears flow.
“If you have forgotten when you last cried, perhaps it’s time that you check into the cry room and cry without hesitation and as hard as you can,” Excite said.
Rooms come with post-crying amenities, such as soft tissues for wiping away tears and warm masks to remove the tell-tale signs of prolonged weeping.
A weeping room at the Mitsui Garden Yotsuya Hotel costs JYE 10,000, according to Chinese website Alibaixiu.
That sum equates to AUD 111. Australian weepers can probably find a local venue and save the airfare – unless they feel like crying all the way to the bank.
Written by Peter Needham