Friday, November 5, 2010

Foreign Friday


Ryokan Kitchen 
1979

One weekend a large group of teachers loaded two cars and a van to tour the west coast of northern Japan. We stayed in local ryokans because they were inexpensive and because they offered a taste of Japanese culture. We slept on futons unfurled on the tatami floors, bathed in the common baths, and dressed in yukatas (cotton kimonos) before we ate a traditional Japanese meal. A ryokan is the best way to experience authentic Japanese food and tradition.

1 comment:

  1. The common bath is one of the Japanese experiences I would probably pass on. I guess I better never stay in a ryokan.

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