Japanese idol singers offer bottles of their used bathwater to fans at eye-popping price

Group recommends pouring some into your own tub to make it feel like you’re taking a bath together with the idols.

One of the key differences between idol singer groups and more mainstream J-pop acts is how much of idols’ revenue comes from non-music sources. Sure, idols sell albums and concert tickets just like other musicians, but a huge chunk of their earnings comes from assorted merchandise like posters, photographs, and pins.

But four-member idol unit The Banana Monkeys is looking to go beyond such tried-and-true merch by selling its idols’ leftover bathwater.

【新グッズ『残り湯』を発売!!】 YouTubeの撮影でお風呂に入る企画を行ったのですが、入浴剤が高すぎるので『残り湯』をメルカリで販売して赤字を解消したいです。 アイドルが浸かったお湯なので絶対に綺麗です。飲むも良し、お風呂… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

THE BANANA MONKEYS@3/14マイナビBLITZ赤坂ワンマン (@info_banamon) January 30, 2019

Late last month, the group posted a video of two of its members, Tenka no Chanyuki and Asuka Rei, hanging out in a tub, soaking in water colored a vibrant purple from the bath powder that had been added. However, the Banana Monkeys official Twitter account claims the bath powder was particularly expensive, and so they’re hoping to recover the cost by selling the leftover bathwater, which they scooped out of the tub afterwards and bottled.

▼ Clips from the video

ばなもん。入浴剤のレビューはじめました!! https://t.co/cZubtUPuNQ

THE BANANA MONKEYS@3/14マイナビBLITZ赤坂ワンマン (@info_banamon) January 29, 2019

youtu.be/19BEjafzRNc https://t.co/IqoiqKW0gI

THE BANANA MONKEYS@3/14マイナビBLITZ赤坂ワンマン (@info_banamon) January 30, 2019

“It’s water that idols soaked in, so it’s definitely clean,” boasts the announcement, taking the opposite approach from the Japanese takeout chain that previously offered idol sweat-flavored fried chicken. “You can drink it,” the announcement goes on to say, though we’re not sure how safe that would be, before offering the healthier (at least physically) alternative of “or add a little to your own tub and feel like you’re taking a bath together with the idols.”

▼ Although the fact that both Tenka no Chanyuki and Asuka Rei were fully clothed arguably would make it more like doing laundry with them.

【購入はコチラ】 『アイドルの風呂の残り湯 (¥100,000)』 フリマアプリ「メルカリ」で販売中♪ item.mercari.com/jp/m48051909041

THE BANANA MONKEYS@3/14マイナビBLITZ赤坂ワンマン (@info_banamon) January 30, 2019

Following the announcement, the group’s account proudly tweeted that the leftover idol bathwater was now on sale through secondhand online marketplace Mercari, priced at 100,000 yen (US$900) for a bottle, a price that we’re not sure is exorbitant or not, considering there’s no competing brand of used idol bathwater to compare it to.

▼ The Banana Monkeys’ “Ima wo Ikiro” (“Live for Now”)

However, while that tweet contained a link to the product’s page on Mercari, the listing has since been deleted. It’s unclear if the group, after further consideration, decided not to sell the bathwater, or if it perhaps sold all of the liquid it had available. If it’s the latter, no one has come forward claiming to be one of the buyers, though perhaps that’s because being the

Read Story >>


Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *





Jennifer Connelly sang a Japanese song that became a number one hit single in Japan 【Video】

“I respect this poo” — Field-testing the stress relieving throwable poo ball from Daiso【Videos】