Wednesday, June 01, 2005

LOVE HOTELS IN JAPAN

Talked to my better half over dinner about my intention to try out the capsule hotel next week.

Her response was immediate.

YOU SHOULD CANCEL THE RESERVATION RIGHT AWAY!

Her reasons?

Too dangerous... atmosphere too smoky... bed too smelly of you-know-what... Yakuzas (gangsters) loitering around... too noisy... no privacy... and you will certainly be frustrated because you will not be able to sleep soundly...

Recalling my earlier blog about listening to your wives, I did just that. .

Just then, another brilliant idea popped up...

Now, how about trying to spend the night in a 'love hotel'?

After all, this is the only other type of hotel that I have yet to experience staying in.

The principal purpose of love hotels is self-explanatory.

Lovers go there to love one another...

'Lovers' as in people involved in illicit affairs.

Or legitimate lovers who live with nosy and noisy family members in crowded housing premises too inconducive for 'aktibiti malam'.

Discretion thus is the key word here, so guests check in and out without the need to meet any soul.

Love hotels have an equally important second function...

They act as your 'regular' hotel from 10.00 pm to 10.00 am.

Apparently the love hotels in Shibuya area are among the most famous in all of Japan...

Garish architectural designs and bright neon lights characterize these hotels.

They come in different themes, such as Caribbean, Tropical, White Christmas, Savannah, Jungle, Starry Night, Victorian...

See an example of the Marine theme here.

The rooms come with king or queen-sized water beds, huge plasma TVs, special lights that filter through water bodies to create a 'soft' feel on the 'skin', videos, whips, poles, plus karaokes to keep you occupied the whole night through.

Mind you, the rooms are not really cheap...

Some of them have rates that match a 4 or even 5 star hotel...

Hmmm... and I happen to be in the vicinity of Shibuya... heheheheee...

Am now eyeing for the opportune moment to propose this wacky idea to my better half...