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Japanese hot spa industry, under heavy competition, is trying new features to attract health-conscious bathers
Japanese spa industry, under heavy competition, is trying new features to attract health-conscious bathers on February 25, 2007. This spa has a Wine Spa, under a giant object of a wine bottle. The spa management claims it has health benefits such as relieving fatigue, moisturizing action and anti-aging. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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Japanese hot spa industry, under heavy competition, is trying new features to attract health-conscious bathers on February 25, 2007. This spa features Green Tea Spa, boasting health benefits like preventing rough dry skin, whitening or effects for cold constitution. Many foreign tourists enjoy this seemingly odd bathing. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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Japanese hot spa industry, under heavy competition, is trying new features to attract health-conscious bathers on February 25, 2007. In this spa in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, bathers gather to see the throwing of wine, performed several times a day. A warning is given to the underage or drivers not to drink the wine during the performance. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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Japanese hot spa industry, under heavy competition, is trying new features to attract health-conscious bathers on February 25, 2007. This spa in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, occassionally performs throwing sauce of strawberry juice or raspberry extract to the excitement of bathers. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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Japanese spa industry, under heavy competition, is trying new features to attract health-conscious bathers on February 25, 2007. This spa has a section with Garra Rufa, a fresh-water fish in the carp family, that has a habit of nibbling the cornified layers of human skins. Bathers are advised to keep their feet in the water for about three minutes for toe nibbling by the fish. This method, said to be originated in Kangal Region, Turkey, has been applied in this spa with the cooperation of Turkey's tourism authorities. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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Japanese hot spa industry, under heavy competition, is trying new features to attract health-conscious bathers on February 25, 2007. In this spa, Japanese Sake, or rice wine, is applied in the spa. In the back, a giant Sake barrel is placed. The spa management claims it has health benefits including skin care, relieving backache and cold constitution. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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Japanese spa industry, under heavy competition, is trying new features to attract health-conscious bathers on February 25, 2007. This spa has a section with Garra Rufa, a fresh-water fish in the carp family, that has a habit of nibbling the cornified layers of human skins. Bathers are advised to keep their feet in the water for about three minutes for toe nibbling by the fish. This method, said to be originated in Kangal Region, Turkey, has been applied in this spa with the cooperation of Turkey's tourism authorities. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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