Many hotels in Japan offer Western and Japanese style rooms. The former tend to have soft furnishings, like sofas and beds with plush mattresses, while the appeal of the latter is their classic aesthetic and cultural connection to the traditional Japanese way of life.
But while there is an understated elegance in Japanese-style hotel rooms, they can sometimes feel spartan and austere. Fortunately, the Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay offers a room that is not only quintessentially Japanese in appearance, but also incredibly comfortable.
Called the Showa Retro 2.0 room, it takes its name from the Showa period of Japanese history. The era lasted from 1926 to 1989, but for most people the word “Showa” tends to be most evocative of the period between the late 1950s and early 1980s, when Japan s ‘moved away from the feudal and / or militarist society that it had been. for centuries and the rapidly growing middle class has enjoyed peace and prosperity.
The room’s nostalgic design includes old-fashioned signage reminiscent of a Showa-era storefront, and in the middle of the room, set on a section of reed tatami mat and accompanied by ottoman-style cushions. , is a kotatsu. While these covered tables with a heater on their underside haven’t completely disappeared from Japanese homes, they are less common than they were in Showa days, when less advanced home heating systems meant that the kotatsu was the warmest and most reliable place in the house.
In fact, the comfort of kotatsu is so high that once you have your legs tucked under the duvet, it’s noticeably difficult to force yourself out. These extended kotatsu sessions are also a great opportunity for communication with friends and family members, and the warm feelings associated with kotatsu do not just come from the heat, but from the fun and leisurely conversations that take place.
Since it is foolish to think that you will only be in the kotatsu for a few minutes, proper preparation of snacks and entertainment is paramount. To this end, the Showa Retro 2.0 includes a range of free snacks and drinks. For drinks, you have canned green tea and sodas, and on the food side, you get mikan (tangerines, which are especially delicious in winter), an assortment of dagashi sweet and savory snacks (many of which were first marketed during the Showa period) and ice cream, because enjoying frozen desserts while keeping the body warm is a special form of decadence.
Obviously, ice cream should be kept in the in-room mini-freezer until you are ready to eat it, but the Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay wisely positions the freezer so that it is on the outside. within easy reach of the kotatsu and you don’t have to come completely out of it in order to grab your treat.
Speaking of which, among the room amenities is a ‘magic hand’, one of those claw-on-a-stick gadgets, to extend your grip in case you’ve left something farther away than within easy reach. hand, like your phone, the TV Remote, or whatever retro card and “video game” games the bedroom is furnished with.
Although the hotel’s name is the Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay, it is actually located in Urayasu Town, Chiba Prefecture. However, downtown Tokyo is only a 20-minute subway ride away and very close to Tokyo Disneyland, making it a viable option for anyone planning to visit the theme park.
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Source: PR Times via IT Media, Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay
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