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the lovely hotels

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, which means aptly named chocolate will be sold by the ton in the coming days. It also means that the nation's love hotels can expect their busiest weekend, with couples - married, not-yet-married, and adulterous - making their way to these popular establishments.

A love hotel is, as the name suggests, a place where people go to be lovely to each other. This may involve serving your partner a cup of tea with a slice of cake, or perhaps giving a compliment such as: "That's a really nice shirt you're wearing."

A really nice shirt.

Because Japan is generally not an openly compliment-giving society, the love hotel is used as a place for discreet mutual exchanges of such behaviour.

Many Japanese houses are small with paper walls, so an overheard compliment could be cause for embarrassment. Fortunately, in a love hotel, couples can talk as loudly as they like, without fear of others overhearing them as they give praise. As the well-known Japanese proverb goes: "In a love hotel, a loud compliment is a nail that can stick out happily for a change."

Love hotels are usually equipped with various appliances to enhance lovely behaviour between couples. For example, many rooms can be found with vacuum cleaners - a perfect opportunity for a man to exhibit loveliness, as in: "You take a rest, dear. I'll clean the room."

A room being lovingly cleaned.

Some love hotels even have large mirrors in the rooms, enabling the man to watch himself as he indulges in a spot of light dusting, while his partner compliments him on his style, for example: "You really know how to dust, don't you."

The woman will also want to please the man. She sometimes does this by cleaning the bathroom, which the man can actually watch from the comfort of his bed, as some hotels have not a wall but a window between the two rooms. It's these unique touches in the design of the rooms that make love hotels so popular.

And should you be planning on spending some time in one of these places, don't forget to take a box of tissues with you. With all of that compliment giving, things can get quite emotional. So there'll be plenty to mop up.

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On Sunday, 08 February, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

*Plays some Barry White*

"Hey baby, shall I go get the fairy liquid and...you know...do the dishes?"  

On Sunday, 08 February, 2009, Anonymous Darlo said:

A few of us are planning on going to a Love Hotel while we're here just to add to that crazy list of things achieved.

Any recommendations on which ones "are good"?  

On Monday, 09 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

A bunch of people? lol Do they limit the number of people admitted to one room?  

On Monday, 09 February, 2009, Blogger Phil said:

dirty, e-man. hilarious. but dirty.  

On Monday, 09 February, 2009, Anonymous S in Shanghai said:

Hey, you seems to have been in one....
But I still wonder what the vacuum cleaner is for?

Oh, now I know.


On Tuesday, 10 February, 2009, Anonymous Maethelwine said:

I live next door to Hiroshima's premiere love hotel, the Hotel France, prominently featuring concertinas on every bedside table and steaming brass tubs of body-warm Hollandaise sauce for a quick soak after the Loveliness has been adequately perpetrated.  

On Wednesday, 11 February, 2009, Blogger Liz said:

Some sick part of me wants to visit Hotel Chapel Christmas. Bad.  

On Thursday, 12 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why ridicule the sexual practices of the Japanese or the fact that an Japanese artist realistically renders the anus of the dog he sculpts?

The Victorian mores of Olde England are showing...along with no small amount of xenophobia.  

On Thursday, 12 February, 2009, Anonymous Joe said:

Why? Because they're funny, of course.

(He's not being xenophobic or demonstrating Victorian mores either. So there you go.)  

On Thursday, 12 February, 2009, Blogger Mundilfari said:

By Golly! Ridicule seems too harsh...

Interesting, to be so afraid of being overheard. Not the case over here...
Love the t-shirt btw  

On Thursday, 12 February, 2009, Anonymous SKUNT said:

I love the comments, and anyway there's no reference in the post about if the sculptor of the well-crafted and highly realistic dog's anus is Japanese or not. Is he/she a Japanese anus sculptor or a non-Japanese anus sculptor? I guess we mightn't ever know :(  

On Friday, 13 February, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

Wait, I'm from England too. Would someone discreetly tell me if my mores are showing? I just hope my small xenophobia hasn't slipped out either...now that would be embarrassing.  

On Tuesday, 17 February, 2009, Anonymous Sucker said:

Dyson rocks!  

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