Back in July I chatted about why crying is good for us. It turns out it is so good for us that in Japan they have created hotels or clubs where people can get access to a "crying room".
I was reading the wellbeing section of an old Yours Magazine recently and discovered the whole concept of the Heartbreak Hotel.
In some cultures it is very difficult to show emotion so some countries are opening crying clubs and hotels to provide a safe space for those people who find it difficult to show their emotions.
After more research I read about a place in Japan where guests can check in to "crying rooms" that come complete with tissues, warm eye masks, make-up remover and a selection of this-will-definitely-make-you-cry movies. The English movies on offer include Forrest Gump, The Intouchables, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Notebook, One Day and What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Interestingly enough they also provide a selection of manga comics recommended by a book seller to make women cry. Really? Emotional comic books?
So, for those who are needing a crying room and willing to jet off to Japan to find it, here are the deets:
How much does it cost to go and have a good cry? About $85 US dollars per person.
Where can we do it? At the Mitsui Garden Hotel Yotsuya in Tokyo.
Why would you do it? According to a spokesperson from the hotel it's because "ladies in their 20s-40s are often said to live a life of stress".
How long are they offering it for? It seems it's not a forever thing. They were trialing it to see if it took off. So before you board your flight, give the hotel a call to ensure it's still on offer.
Would you pay to find a space to cry?
How many of their tear-jerker movies have you seen?
Ever read an emotional comic book?
Do you think men should have the option to have a good cry too?
Information sources: Yours Magazine, 31 March 2016; Time.com; Telegraph.co.uk; SBS.com.au;
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