This.was.toooootally new experience for me.
I have to agree with Mr. Dave Barry. Japanese are so unique..They are one in a kind. For centuries..Japanese remains one mysterious culture for the world, and for now..especially for me *_*
I was told about annual department trip which happened around this month.
For foreigners, I think we benefited most on this trip..coz we will be able to experience Japan with companion of Japanese.haha..Seriously..we.have.to.do.all Japanese stuff >.< Totally new for me..and I was all messed up. When I said all messed up..please focus on dressing code only *_*
When you are told that you are going to Japanese ryokan..trust me..don't carry any luggage..uh, I mean..don't carry anything with you..come as you are..(trust me also, underwear are not important *_*).
On that day, I carried a very bulky bag. I was in a way lucky cz I changed to just carry a small bag when initially I packed all my things in a small luggage *_* So, less malu la when I arrived *_*
I saw other girls came lenggang kangkung *_*
U know why?
Japanese ryokan provides you with yukata..and..suripa (slipper). So, almost all guests are wearing yukata inside the building. Yukata provided to you, are not just a pair.
|Yukata provided in many sizes and selection of colors. For me, muslimah..yukata saves me a lot from additional carry back laundry:p hehe..yukata tutup aurat :D|
I also told myself that..the 'tauke' of ryokan may save a lot of money on furniture. Ryokan usually furnished with a Japanese table in the middle..If you pay more, you may get a small table nearby the window.hehe...
Bed??no bed..Real Japanese style..we sleep on futon.
|Suddenly got futon in our room when we returned from the occacsion.|
Other than that, everything else are about the same with other hotel type..
|Fridge provided with loads of chocolates, beers and wines. I assumed all these comes with no extra charge like we used to get charged from hotel in Malaysia..(at least most hotels I had stayed *_*)|
|The cupboard where I assume they hid the futon :p|
My first ryokan stay experience was in Iwakuni, another famous sightseeing attraction in Hiroshima. This place is famous with it's historical and absolutely stunning Kintai bridge, hanging high connecting two riverbanks.
|Me and Dr. Tung (a Vietnamese). Kintai bridge is just behind us:) The bridge was enormous and very high T_T|
|Our hotel. Located just in front of the Kintai bridge. Oh, I was told this is the only ryokan in Iwakuni (or at least the nearest with the famous Kintai bridge).|
Add that into the list ya....hehe.
Oh well, these are just not it. One important thing you must know about ryokan has not yet revealed:p