As Japan sizzles under its hottest summer since record-keeping began in 1880, event organizers around the country are having to come up with creative solutions to entice people outdoors and away from the comfort of their air-conditioned homes this year.
One event which might be able to do just that is Tokyo’s new Bathtub Cinema, the first of its kind in Japan, which is set to pop up at MAG’s Park on the rooftop of the revamped MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 building that overlooks the world-famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing.
This concept of combining films with outdoor bathing first started in London, where outdoor cinema-goers were able to soak in private tubs while enjoying evening drinks with friends.
The event became so popular that it soon grew to include dozens of tubs, designed for either groups or couples, and a bespoke surround-sound system with two screens for the ultimate in cinematic enjoyment.
The event will run for three days only, from Aug 17-19, with three Hollywood blockbuster films set to appear on the 220-inch outdoor screen. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" will screen on Aug 17, " Baby Driver" will screen on Aug 18 and "Spider-Man" will screen on Aug 19.
Tickets, which are set to go on sale from 10 a.m. on July 28 here, are priced at 18,000 yen per tub. That might sound a bit pricey, but when sharing the cost between four tub-buddies it works out to be 4,500 yen each.
Plus, there’ll be a DJ spinning tunes after each screening, with food and drinks on sale in the rooftop area until closing as well.
According to the organisers, the area will open from 6:30 p.m. each evening, with the films scheduled to start from 7:30 p.m. Drinking, eating and bathing can be enjoyed up until 10:30 p.m., which means you can spend up to four hours in the bathtub.
MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 MAG’s PARK 7f Roofttop
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jinnan 1-23
Hours: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Aug 17-19
Source, images: Value Press
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