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   xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Mar 5 01:08 AM

Mar 5, 2009: Hoshi Ryokan

Hoshi Ryokan is the oldest business in the world.
No, that's the oldest profession, this is the oldest business... and the oldest hotel.

Quote:
The Hoshi Ryokan (A traditional Japanese hotel) is the oldest hotel in the world since many years ago. It was not the oldest business in the World, it was the second oldest. But since Kongogumi was absorbed by another company, the Hoshi Ryokan became the oldest company in the world. The Hoshi Ryokan was founded in 717 and it has been operated by members of the same family for more than 46 generations!


Wow, 46 generations! I wonder how many spawn were murdered for attempting to run away and join the circus?
Of course being a traditional hotel in Japan, they must have bathing, separate indoors and mixed outdoors, in this case.



Quote:
We think of all our guests as equals, and hope that you can share in the good times with everyone.
Hmm, the guests are all equal to each other, or the guests are equal to the management?
That might not set well with some westerners.

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SPUCK  Thursday Mar 5 05:42 AM

Um so the sheets have had 2.6million different people sleep on them. Ugh.
Check Please!



monster  Thursday Mar 5 08:18 AM

Interesting find, xoB, thanks.

now, is that spring hot enough that we can just add the soup ingredients and wait?



Sheldonrs  Thursday Mar 5 08:31 AM

"Hi. I stayed at your hotel back in November of 832 and I think I left my abacus there. Did anyone turn it in?"



birdclaw  Thursday Mar 5 11:02 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
they must have bathing, separate indoors and mixed outdoors, in this case.
What does that mean exactly? Mixed outdoors? Sounds kinda kinky.


WillieO  Thursday Mar 5 11:43 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
"Hi. I stayed at your hotel back in November of 832 and I think I left my abacus there. Did anyone turn it in?"
Ahhh.... honaolable Missu Shreldon, we so grad you crawed....We still missin Loom key flom your stay and 3 towels...ahhh.. prease craw us to srettle account....Ahh soo. (I'm going to so burn in hell!)


sweetwater  Thursday Mar 5 12:05 PM

And the hotel is as good as the day it was built, thanks to the humongous freezer where it is kept.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Mar 5 12:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by birdclaw View Post
What does that mean exactly? Mixed outdoors? Sounds kinda kinky.
Yes, you got it right.


HungLikeJesus  Thursday Mar 5 12:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetwater View Post
And the hotel is as good as the day it was built, thanks to the humongous freezer where it is kept.
It looks like it could use a good defrosting.


Sundae  Thursday Mar 5 02:08 PM

One of a million or more reasons I want to visit Japan.
Thanks, B x



Coign  Thursday Mar 5 04:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
One of a million or more reasons I want to visit Japan.
Thanks, B x
What? Staying in a historic hotel? Or the co-ed shower facilities?


zippyt  Thursday Mar 5 04:42 PM

Yes



Gravdigr  Thursday Mar 5 05:12 PM

Do they have free wi-fi?



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Mar 5 11:54 PM

Gotta play wid wat ya brung.



Cicero  Friday Mar 6 01:05 AM

Why is sexy a word I would use for those photos?



ZenGum  Friday Mar 6 01:22 AM

: misses Japan :

Ryokans involve sleeping on a futon on the floor, which will have straw mats on it. Damn good thing they have that lovely hot spring/bath. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Outdooor baaaaath.


Willie, I don't object to the accent mockery, but man, you're way off.



Sundae  Friday Mar 6 06:20 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Coign View Post
What? Staying in a historic hotel? Or the co-ed shower facilities?
Staying in a hotel as old as the ones I can stay in in the UK.
Different customs and ones I have read up on.
And the harmony between man-made structures and nature, which seems to have been lost in Japanese cites, but it far more evident in their countryside than ours.

Oh, and being nekkid in a bath with some men, yeah


DanaC  Friday Mar 6 07:47 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
One of a million or more reasons I want to visit Japan.
Thanks, B x

Have you seen that new season of programmes they've got planned? (I think channel 4) looking at Japanese culture. I can't wait. I think it'll be really interesting. I used to love watching Jonathon Ross's Japanorama.


Gravdigr  Sunday Mar 8 05:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cicero View Post
Why is sexy a word I would use for those photos?
I don't know. Are you turned on by bad photo composition, algae, and poor lighting?


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 8 05:59 PM

Algae? No algae, hot mineral springs.



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