She stayed in Matsuyama among other places and these photos are from the hotel in Matusuyama. The hotel also has a famous onsen (public bathing area with hot springs).
The room you are looking at has an area on the side with a raised section containing a beautiful flower arrangement and a scroll.
When you enter the doorway to your room from the hotel corridor you go into a small lobby that is all your own. It has a rack for shoes and several sandals provided. The staff have kindly put some sandals for you near the sliding paper screen door that leads into the first of your rooms.
|the first room of your suite in a traditional Japanese hotel|
She did go to the onsen on her last night. She asked one of the hotel clerks to explain the way to the public bath, as she had forgotten the first explanation. (We should mention that she was not feeling very well, as she had developed a severe chest infection - but she battled on regardless). She was determined to use the onsen so went at 10 pm at night in her yukata (Japanese summer wear provided by the hotel) with her toiletries bag and her slippers.
The clerk was very happy and said he would show her the way. They walked for a very long way, which surprised Lynettea, as she had thought it was quite close. She didn't like to say anything. Finally the clerk said, 'Here you are!' and she looked around to find herself in the entrance of the public bar. Fortunately the hotel clerk and Lynettea both had a good sense of humour.
Eventually he did take her to the onsen, which was very elaborate with changerooms and both an inside and outside hot spring bath. Lynettea thought she would plunge into the hot spring outside, but the icy blast when she opened the door made her sensibly decide to use the indoor pool.
Sorry this is a long story.
We will have more interesting stuff about ourselves and the pond shortly.
Princess Aurora (Shubunkin)