Jill Layton
May 08, 2015 1:43 pm

If you need a quiet, safe, tear-provoking place to cry, the Mitsui Garden Yotsuya hotel in Tokyo is here for you. Well . . .  there for you. Japan is far.

The hotel’s “crying room” comes equipped with “soft as cashmere” tissues to “gently wipe away tears” without causing eye puffiness; warm sheets to ensure warmth around your neck as you lie in bed and weep; warm eye masks and make-up remover — obviously to prevent pesky mascara streaks. A spokesperson for the hotel told TIME that the purpose of the rooms is to help women combat stress, “because Japanese ladies in their 20s-40s are often said to live a life of stress.” I mean, I guess we’re on board?

The rooms go for 10,000 Japanese Yen (about $85) per night, but that special low price is only on offer until Aug. 31 FYI. The room also comes equipped with a small selection of tear-jerker films and comic books (sad ones, apparently). Each of the films has been specifically chosen to “tug at the heartstrings.” Some of the films that are available in English include Forrest Gump, The Intouchables, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Notebook, One Day, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. In addition to those flicks, there are two incredibly sad sounding Asian films in the room, “South Korean film A Moment to Remember, where a young couple faces the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, and Japan’s A Tale Of Mari And Three Puppies which tells the true story of a dog and her three dogs who survived the Chuetsu earthquake of 2004.”

Yep. Pretty sure those will do the trick. Also, Japan or not, I think we need to immediately check out A Tale Of Mari And Three Puppies.

We’ve all had moments where we’ve wanted a good cry (remember that blog about the best places to cry in New York City?), or that absolutely epic scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary? But we have some questions.

What about the men? Where will they cry? And are women not allowed to cry in public? And are Japanese women more stressed out than Japanese men? If anyone has answers, we’re all ears.

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