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Japanese Capsule Hotel カプセルホテル. Try one?

27 Jun

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.


Elevator to your capsule.


Main Hall way after entry.


Capsule Hotel’s entrance.

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.

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1 Comment

Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Business, Design, Travel

 

One response to “Japanese Capsule Hotel カプセルホテル. Try one?

  1. Aaron the Ogre

    June 27, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I stay in capsule hotels every time I travel to Japan. I’m a fat American, but I have never found the capsule’s uncomfortable. When I travel, I never stay in the hotel anyway. I need a bed and a shower and capsule hotels do this fantastically.

     

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