Kotaro Nakahira, a staff member of Solo Sauna Tune, wearing a protective mask amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, closes a door as he enters a room for its private Finnish-style sauna during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan, December 10, 2020.
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The unfold of the novel coronavirus could have slowed economies and closed many companies worldwide, but it surely hasn’t been a damper on a newly opened Tokyo sauna that caters to solo clients.

The Finnish-style sauna rooms at Solo Sauna Tune, the place clients can calm down in solitude and benefit from the warmth from water over sizzling stones, are so in style they’re booked up inside hours.

Although the concept for the enterprise got here earlier than the unfold of the coronavirus, the pandemic and the social distancing it introduced have been an enormous increase, stated co-founder Daisuke Kawase.

“We feel that there has been a strong demand for solo services like these as a way of preventing the spread of the coronavirus,” Kawase stated.

The sauna, which opened final week, additionally caters to a rising market of single individuals in Japan.

According to authorities statistics made obtainable in 2018, the ratio of single-person households in Japan is estimated to extend to 40% in 2040, from 30% in 2005.

“Businesses aimed at ‘solo’ people will take root here, even after the end of the coronavirus,” Kawase stated.

Visitors can guide a sauna room to themselves at an hourly price of three,800 yen ($36). Reservations can be found two weeks upfront.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.)

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