To celebrate getting that deadline off my desk, I'm sharing some images from the research trips (don't worry, none of my shots will be in the book!), which saw use traveling around Japan to check out the 40 ryokan that'll be in the book.
Other than getting fat(ter!) from eating so much kaiseki, it was a fantastic experience getting to stay at a diverse bunch of ryokan, from classic Kyoto hotels like the Hiiragiya to contemporary places like the Zaborin in Niseko. It was a great learning opportunity, too; finding out about the multiple variations in ryokan design, learning about traditional aesthetics, and trying regional foods.
Above: A view of the garden at the Fujiya Hotel's Kikkaso in Hakone. Formerly an imperial villa, it's now a three-guestroom ryokan.
Above: The Hoshinoya Kyoto - a blend of tradition and contemporary - is accessed by a short boat trip up the river in Arashiyama.
Above: I dread to think how many kaiseki I ate for this book.
Above: The baths at Yagyu-no-Sho in Shuzen-ji
Below: And one from the KAI Atami
Above: The Shikitei in Nara
Below: The Asaba, where rooms overlook an open-air noh stage. Nice Baird Beer in the mini-fridge, too!
Hello. I'm a Tokyo-based writer, making a living from books and features, while also dabbling in short-form poetry and micro fiction.