So you thought you’ve seen it all? Think again. Mitsui Garden Yotsuya Hotel in Tokyo has thought of a new way to attract costumers (the female ones especially) – a “weeping room”. So, those who have just been through, say, a tough break-up, can check into one of these and there they will find everything they need to cry their heart out. And yes, there is actually a hotel in Tokyo that offers a room where you can cry and where you have all the things you like having around when you feel like crying (sad romantic videos, books, etc.), but also something to help you recover and look fresh after a few hours of waterfalls down your face. The service will be available for all female costumers until August 31st.
Tear-jerking movies, tissues, makeup remover – you get the whole ‘crying’ package. It seems that the hotel owners and managers have thought of everything. For 10,000 yen (US $83) you pay per night, you get, other than all the ordinary stuff (which may or may not include some extra pillows to sob into), a collection of tear-jerking movies (such as Hollywood classics “Forrest Gump” and “The Notebook”, as well as the Japanese “Tale of Mary and Three Puppies”, about dogs surviving the 2004 Chuetsu earthquake, and a South Korean melodrama “A Moment to Remember” – a story about a couple facing Alzheimer’s disease) and a collection of heartbreaking manga comic books to choose from. Tissues, makeup removers and warm sheets are, of course, also included. In this room you will find everything you need to de-stress. Use all the hotel has to offer and you will probably cry for several hours (in case of swollen eyes, you also get a steam eye mask to reduce it), and be able to move on from whatever was the reason you visited in the first place.
Is this simply overdoing it in order to get more costumers or is there really something to it? We all know those situations when we just feel we want to be all alone and deal with our issues. In those cases, some people choose to go to a hotel and leave the rest of the world behind for a couple of days. But, is it necessary to book a room especially equipped to help you cry? That is up to you and your financial abilities and personal wishes. According to Yohei Ezato, the hotel’s PR representative, Japanese women between their 20s and 40s say they live a life full of stress, so these rooms are meant to help them deal with it. And besides, living a busy life and having a family as well often means that you don’t really have a peaceful and quiet place for yourself when you need it, so renting a room (any room) so you can be alone and relieve stress in some way is not such a rare thing. A room like this only makes it easier to let the frustration, stress and depression come out to the surface and then wipe it off with some tissues. Letting yourself touch rock bottom occasionally can help in the process of getting to a place where you will feel better and figure out a way to deal with your problems in a more effective way, as stress-free as possible (and if it doesn’t work, you can always go back to a weeping room and cry it out again).
The hotel promises that at the very entrance to the hotel, you will feel relief and comfort, and that the rest of your stay will be the same. You can cry all you want – no judgment. And, thanks to the masks and tonics, no one will ever know what you did when you check out all fresh and happy the next morning. There are definitely several upsides to this service, even though you could just rent a sad movie and buy ice cream, cry yourself to sleep at your own home and save the $83. Maybe in the end there is something to crying in a place where you are sure your ex can’t find you crying and begging you to forgive him for cheating.
Apparently, the hotel management feels that summer is the time of the year women need to cry the most – whether it is the weather, or just the start (and end) of many romances, the special offer will end at the beginning of September. After that, Japanese ladies will just have to go back to the old crying-alone-in-my-room routine.