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Japanese Inn

In Kyoto I stayed at the Matsubaya Ryokan, run by Mrs Kimiko Hayashi. The elderly Mrs Hayashi has run the ryokan since her husband died eight years ago. Although she speaks no English, she communicates well and keeps her cliental in line with house rules. The rooms are typical Japanese style with futons, folded up during the day and tatamai rooms or sitting alcoves. Japanese green tea is brewed and placed in the room to refresh guests at the end of busy tourist days.



Mrs Hayashi stands in front of the Indigo dyed curtain called Noren.
The design is created by various Shibori or tie-dye techniques

Breakfast was a more western affair

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