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A first of its kind 'spamusement park' project that first appeared to be little more than a publicity stunt is now poised to become reality.
Earlier this month, the Mayor of Beppu, a Japanese city renowned for its onsen hot springs, rolled out a social media challenge, boldly announcing that the city would move forward with the one-of-a-kind amusement park concept if a video depicting what the park might one day look like managed to achieve one million views.
Well, you can bet what happened next.
The two and a half minute video surpassed that mark in just four days and has currently been viewed more than two million times on YouTube.
"I believe that, as one of the world's best hot spring tourist spots, the appeal of having an onsen theme park in the town creates an opportunity for the citizens of Beppu, particularly young residents, to feel that 'Beppu is fun' and have a sense of pride for their hometown," Beppu Mayor Yasuhiro Nagano wrote in a thank-you message, per RocketNews24.
Although no one's entirely sure what a spamusement park is supposed to look like, the video shows park-goers in towels on rides filled with hot spring water. However it remains to be seen what the park will actually entail since the project is in the early stages.
With the Mayor's office confirming that planning on the onsen park will move foward, the next step will be to reach out to some creative minds and field what are likely to be some outside-of-the-box ideas.
"Requesting input from a large number of people, to make creative onsen and draw up concrete plans, a task force and professional teams will now look towards making the Yu-enchi Project a reality and we would like to go forward with your support," Nagano added.
In the meantime, travelers visiting the Kyushu city can still experience the renowned hot springs even if they can't they can't soak in the nutrient-rich water while they ride a roller coaster.