On Tuesday I arrived at a fabulous onsen in Tateshima, expecting to simmer in their hot spring, gaze at splendid autumn leaves in luxurious quietude, and stuff myself with regional specialties, but when I got to my room I found…this.
I mean, what the heckin’ heck? Five remotes to control a tatami-floored room at a traditional Japanese inn?
Fortunately, they were (mostly) labeled, so I could decipher that (from left to right) they variously controlled 1) the sound system, 2) some equipment that shall forever remain a mystery, 3) the room lights, 4) the air conditioner/heater, 5) the TV.
The room lights thingie actually turned out to be useful, because whoever installed the light switches used some sort of ninja invisibility spell on them and I would have had to sleep in the glaring fluorescence all night if I hadn’t had the magic wand.
When not randomly pushing buttons to see what they do, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo
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!