The “something” was a non-slip shower chair of the type used to bathe enfeebled elderly.
“A lot of seniors come to the Beppu hot springs for a therapeutic soak,” explains Yayoi, a 24-year-old masseuse.
After the waters of Beppu’s spa work their restorative wonders, it seems a steady stream of visiting geezers feel perked up enough to shuffle over to Pink House for a bit of crumpet, which was the source of trouble.
“Not long after our shop opened, one elderly customer slipped and fell off the sukebe stool,” says Yayoi. “So to be on the safe side, management decided to get a few of those special shower chairs used at rest homes.”
The chair, as shown in the photo, permits access from front or rear, to ensure that Grampa’s nether regions can be given a tender, loving scrub-a-dub-dub.In some cases, keeping the old fella stiff for the journey between the bath and the massage table may be expecting too much. Fortunately, the article notes, these chairs are of sufficiently robust construction for the masseuse to straddle him — very cautiously of course — and service him right on the spot.
According to the web site, Pink House prices begin from 14,000 yen. All major credit cards are accepted. (K.S.)
Source: “Otoshiyori ga anshin shite asoberu yo ni!” Nikkan Gendai (Feb. 24, Page 22)
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