Visit Japan´s beauty maestro

Spa junkies, like myself, who think they´ve tried it all, should definitely consider paying a visit to the first deep-sea water spa. The unic spot, named Utoco Deep Sea Therapy Center and Hotel, is situated on Japan´s remote Shikoku Island. It´s Shu Uemura – the famous makeup artist who favors rainbow palettes and fanciful false eyelashes that stands behind the place.

It was in the 1990s that Uemura began to use mineral-enriched deep-sea water to create his famous skin treatments. At the therapy center the same water, drawn from a depth of over 1000 feet, is used for bathing and water treatments. Uemura says that the water is rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium and it has other trace elements missing from surface water.

A good idea is to stay overnight in one of the 17 beautifully appointed guest rooms. Rates start at 34,000 yen per night, not including any treatments.

Getting there

JAL has four daily nonstop flights to Kochi from Tokyo´s Haneda Airport. Utoco can arrange car service for the approximately two-hour drive to Cape Muroto.

Photo: BadrNaseem

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  1. Valley Of The Kings The Valley of the Kings was the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs, and is located on the west bank at Luxor. The only entrance to this place was a long narrow winding path. This was a secret place, where sentries were placed at the entrance of the Valley, as well as along the top of the hills, in the hopes of discouraging tomb robbers, who had in the past plundered all royal tombs, including the treasures of the Pyramids! Some thefts were probably carefully planned, but others were spur of the moment, as when an earlier tomb was accidentally discovered while cutting a new one and workmen took advantage of the opportunity. This may have happened when KV 46 was found during the cutting of KV 4 or KV 3 nearby. The tombs in the Valley range from a simple pit (e.g. KV 54), to a tomb with over 121 chambers and corridors (KV 5) John Gardiner Wilkinson first established the present numbering system, in 1827, as part of his preparation of a map of Thebes. Wilkinson painted the numbers 1 through 21 at the entrances of the tombs that were then visible. The numbers were assigned geographically, from the entrance to the Valley southward. Since Wilkinson’s day, tomb numbers have been assigned in chronological order of discovery, KV 62 (Tutankhamen) being the most recent. Wilkinson’s is not the only system of tomb designation that has been used in the Valley though. Several explorers assigned numbers, letters or descriptive labels to the tombs, as the accompanying chart indicates, but Wilkinson’s is the only system that is still in use. There are two main wings to the Valley of the Kings, west and east! You will find that eastern side has the majority of the tombs, the western part having very few, but including the tombs of Amenhotep III and Ay. A list of the KV’s discovered (so far!) KV 01 Ramses VII KV 02 Ramses IV KV 03 Cache of Ramses III KV 04 Ramses XI KV 05 Sons of Ramses II KV 06 Ramses IX KV 07 Ramses II KV 08 Merenptah KV 09 Ramses V / VI KV 10 Amenmeses KV 11 Ramses III KV 12 Unknown KV 13 Bay KV 14 Tausert / Setnakht KV 15 Seti II KV 16 Ramses I KV 17 Seti I KV 18 Ramses X KV 19 Mentuherkhepshef KV 20 Hatshepsut KV 21 Two Queens KV 22 Amenhetep III KV 23 Ay KV 24 Unknown KV 25 Akhenaten (?) KV 26 Unknown KV 27 Unknown KV 28 Unknown KV 29 Unknown KV 30 Unknown KV 31 Unknown KV 32 Unknown KV 33 Cache of Tuthmosis III KV 34 Tuthmosis III KV 35 Amenhetep II KV 36 Maiherperi KV 37 Cache of Tuthmosis III KV 38 Tuthmosis I KV 39 Unknown KV 40 Unknown KV 41 Unknown KV 42 Hatshepsut-Meryetre KV 43 Tuthmosis IV KV 44 Anen (?) KV 45 Userhet KV 46 Yuya and Thuya KV 47 Siptah KV 48 Amenemopet KV 49 Maya (?) KV 50 Animals KV 51 Animals KV 52 Animals KV 53 Unknown KV 54 Cache of Tutankhamen KV 55 Tiye, Akhenaten or Other KV 56 Unknown KV 57 Horemheb KV 58 Cache of Ay KV 59 Unknown KV 60 Two Women (Setri In?) KV 61 Unknown KV 62 Tutankhamen KV 63 New Tomb – Unknown The earliest known tomb of the New Kingdom within the Valley of the Kings, is that of Tuthmoses I, who started to use the valley as a royal burial site. It is located in a desolate part of the valley, which is supposed to add greater protection as it was small enough to be closely guarded. The good quality of the stones gave the ancient Egyptians the chance to cut many tombs close to each other. Most of the tombs were found already plundered! A few, like the tomb of Tutankhamen (KV 62) or that of Yuya and Thuyu (KV 46), contained thousands of precious artefacts. Some tombs have been accessible since antiquity, as Greek and Latin graffiti will attest. Some were used as dwellings, or as churches during the Greco-Roman and Byzantine Periods. Most of them have been discovered in the past two hundred years. Some, like KV 5, had been “lost,” and their locations only recently rediscovered. The very well known Egyptologist, Kent Weeks, who is still working in the valley, on many projects, among them the Theban mapping project , Kent spent more than 6 years exploring and trying to uncover the secrets of this massive tomb. KV5 is the largest tomb ever found in the valley! Re-excavated in 1995, it contains at least 121 chambers and corridors! Mr Weeks believes that it was built for the children of Ramses II. If you wish to see KV5’s location (it is closed to the public!), on your way to the inner side of the valley, if you look to your left you will see “a sketch Plan of KV5” as well as the locked, gated entrance to the tomb. Since 1922, and Howard Carter’s discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen (KV 62), there had been no new tombs discovered in the valley until, on February 9, 2006, the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt announced the discovery of a new tomb. Designated the number KV63, it was discovered by a joint effort between the University of Memphis (in the USA) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt. This is one of the smaller tombs that have been found, consisting of a vertical shaft with an adjacent chamber at the bottom. Some artefacts have been found, but as this is an ongoing project, the details are still to be released

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