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CHOCOLATE BATH (Spa goers smother themselves with chocolate before Valentine's day)

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Chocolate gifts for Valentine's Day are having a slight makeover this year in Japan. A hot spring resort in Hakone, about 90 kilometres south of Tokyo, is offering customers the chance to bathe in chocolate. From February 3 to March 20 this year, people have the chance to smear themselves in a chocolate sauce. The spa, Yunessun spa resort, charges its clients 2,800 yen ($27) for the privilege which takes place twice daily. In Japan women traditionally give gifts to men on Valentine's day. One female visitor said she thought the spa was a great idea and that she couldn't wait to smother her boyfriend in chocolate. "I want to come back in the near future and take the chocolate bath with my boyfriend," said 19-year-old university student Tsukumi Otsuka. Employees say girls come to the spa to bathe in chocolate because they believe it's good for the skin and the fragrance is simply irresistible. "We use real chocolate and the customers are really happy when we spread the chocolate around because of the fragrance. On top of that, I think the girls enjoy the moisturizing effect they think the chocolate gives," said Tomoyo Mikawa who spoons, pours and dumps three kilograms of liquid chocolate over people daily for her job. The smell of chocolate lingers even after customers emerge from the chocolate spa. "I really want to lick the chocolate now. The fragrance is so good," 19-year-old university student Shiori Kojima said. Chocolate is widely believed to be a aphrodisiac and the spa's organiser hopes that this year's event will spark more Japanese youth to spice up their relationships. "Valentine's day is just round the corner so we want couples to enter this bath and light a fire in their relationship," said Satomi Nakamura, who was part of the team that came up with the idea. Currently the Japanese population is decreasing. Japan will lose a third of its population over the next 50 years if things don't change, according to the latest statistics from the country's ministry of health, labour and welfare. This is not the first time that unusual things have been added into the spas at Yunessun. This spa resort offers a whopping 25 different types of dips ranging from coffee and green tea baths to wine and Japanese sake spas. However, these treatments do not mean customers have drinks poured onto them; instead bath salts created by the resort are infused with the ingredients and reproduce the colour and fragrance of the drink. The chocolate bath is back by popular demand.