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Please Tell Me This Isn’t Really A Thing

GLAMPING. Camping + Glamour = Glamping?

No. In fact, all flavors of charcoal-toasted NO. On a stick.

Those two words don’t belong together EVER. Except, maybe, in Japan. Where you can purchase rugged tents like these:

Hope there won’t be any glamorous rainstorms or puffs of wind to muss your hair where you’re going

And toast yourself some classic campfire treats with this:

Generator not included.

And you can even bring Fifi.

Rescue Lassie not included.

Update: OMG, what should I see this morning but an actual news item about glamping! Apparently, there’s a glampground right near Tokyo (actually, out near Narita airport) called The Farm Camp Villa, where you can pay ¥32,400-¥42,800 per couple (roughly $324-428 USD) to sleep in one of their tents for a night. In addition, they sell a “variety of farm-to-table meats and vegetables” and have BBQs available, so you can, yes, cook your own glampfood. Here’s a photo of the glampericious experience:

Photo courtesy of JapanToday

(Sadly, I could find no trace of a website on the net yet, either in either English or Japanese, so stay tuned…)

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

9 thoughts on “Please Tell Me This Isn’t Really A Thing Leave a comment

  1. This was big in korea several years back when I lived there. Frankly, I like the idea because it is suited for people like me who prefer having access to a toilet and comfortable ish sleeping accommodations lol. I don’t get to try it though. But…smores has to happen pet a real fire. That can’t change.

  2. Of course clamping since “campour” rhymes with “downpour” or was already taken for some reason… good luck in Hokkaido with those. Otherwise the bus shaped tent is probably perfect for children camping in their parents’ garden ^^

  3. But u still sleep in the woods with all this, right? No thank u. Oxymoron: happy camper 🤓

  4. If we can leave out the rock that finds its way to your back as you sleep, cold that the sleeping bag just can’t heat, and smelly porta potties, well, maybe. Still can’t replace the campfire. Fresh air. Easy hikes. OH! And no rattlesnakes!!!!!

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