The Japanese are known for their love of baths and natural hot springs, and not as known is their love of red wine. For the last eight years, Yunessan, a natural hot spring facility, has been holding a Beaujolais Nouveau hot spring event in the mountains of Hakone near Mt. Fuji on Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the third Thursday of November, where participants get to soak and play in a red wine natural hot spring. This annual event will take place this Thursday, November 20.

Drinking a few glasses of wine a day is known to have a number of health benefits, among them lowering blood pressure, prevention of some cancers, and lowering brain decline. Soaking in a hot bath, especially a natural hot spring, also has health benefits, so Yunessan combines red wine benefits with natural hot spring benefits by dumping 9 liters of red wine in a hot spring. In a bath, wine does wonders for your skin, something that can't happen when you just drink it. But on the other hand, when you soak in a wine bath, you can't drink it, which means you can't enjoy the flavor or get a little tipsy, which, after all, is what everyone loves doing.

This wine bath, which goes along with the annual day of worldwide release for the year's Beaujolais Nouveau, is open to participants of all ages, even little kids. The alcohol gets diluted in the large hot spring, so it's not a problem for families to enjoy the bath together. And also, even if you're driving, there's nothing to worry about. Soaking in the bath will not get you drunk.

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This is quite the promotion. It's already made me want to pick up a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau myself, and I'm not even going to be there.