Nine Hours is an ultra minimalist capsule hotel in Kyoto, Japan (see a video tour of the hotel by Monocle). The hotel seeks to distill the hospitality experience into a simple equation: one hour to shower + seven hours of sleep + one hour of rest = nine hours. The design of the hotel echoes the overall concept with a mostly white interior and simple pictographic signage.
Most famous are Tokyo’s napping salons and capsule hotels which offer one moment out of the energy-sucking Japanese working life. Commutes are long and work often stretches across the weekends. And working twelve hours a day is none of an exception. The Japanese call it ‘Karoshi’: death caused by too much work. Karoshi claims roughly 150 lives a year. So the Japanese are embracing a new cure for stress, the power-nap.