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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Japan: Kawaguchi Koryu Hotel

Enjoying the beautiful view over Mt. Fuji and Kawaguchi Lake across Koryu Hotel.

Beautiful Koryu Hotel

While staying overnight at Koryu Hotel we had a chance to experience the traditional Japanese way. Wearing Japanese traditional garment, sleeping on Japanese tatami and typical Japanese dinner and breakfast.

The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment worn by women, men and children. The word "kimono", which literally means a "thing to wear" (ki "wear" and mono "thing"), has come to denote these full-length robes.

Kimonos are T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimonos are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial), and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimonos are generally worn with traditional footwear (especially zōri or geta) and split-toe socks (tabi).
Wearing Kimono on our Japanese Dinner
Hotel Onsen (Japanese Hot Spring)
Tatami actually refers to the rush-covered mats used for flooring, and the term "tatami" means "to fold or pile." These ubiquitous mats are actually at the heart of room design. This mat serves several functions. The mats actually dampen sound, insulate feet from the cold of the floor, and they act as a natural air-conditioner, absorbing and releasing moisture. These mats from tightly woven rice straw covered with rush grass hide doors in the floor (they also have them in the walls in some cases), which are used to store much of the room's furniture. Thus, during the night the futon is taken out and furniture such as tables are stowed. During the day the sequence is reversed; the tables for eating or tea ceremonies replace the bedding. The rest of the room remains simple. Access is gained through sliding rice paper doors, and the rooms are decorated with the wall scrolls.
Hotel Room

Japanese Breakfast
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