Hello! And welcome to another translation post. I feel I must apologise, first of all, for having not posted in a little while. I recently returned to study this semester and getting used to the work load and back into some sort of pattern has taken a little longer than first imagined.
In any case, I return with another translation post! But first, a little background may be needed.
In Japan, you will find no shortage of places to stay ranging from the traditional style ryokans to youth hostels to 5-start luxury chain hotels. One of the most common types, however, is the business hotel. Business hotels are most common in the larger cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, where businessmen often travel for work. The concept of most business hotels is to provide a no-frills accommodation service for a cheap price. Business hotels in the past were very much basic but these days they are becoming a little more upmarket. A pretty well known chain of Business Hotels is the APA Hotel brand. I have stayed at a few APA Hotels throughout Japan in the past and am always impressed by the comfort, service, and price.
A while back I came across an article on RocketNews24 containing a list of the 60 most common experiences you’ll have in a business hotel. Some of these were pretty common; on the contrary, though, some of them just left me feeling rather curious. In any case, let’s get on to the translation!
[Oh yeah!] 60 things you’ll often experience if you’ve stayed in a business hotel
Working fathers will often use a business hotel. A business hotel is indispensable when working, almost like your “business partner”, and when away on business it’s your place to relax.
I’m sure there are people who have not stayed in one before. But it’s actually profound when you stay in one! That’s why today, we bring you the most common things you’ll experience in a business hotel. Out of the following 60, how many can you relate to?
[The 60 most common experiences in a business hotel]
1. Before you check-in, you buy up big at the nearest convenience store.
2. You don’t look at it but you take the hotel’s pamphlet to your room.
3. You were sure you’d only booked a single room. But then, you get upgraded to a twin.
4. The first thing you do when you get into your room is take your shoes off.
5. The air in the room is insanely dry!
6. You check if there is any money stuck to the back of the picture on the wall.1
7. You check the location of the power points.
8. If they’re close to the bed, that’s even better!
9. You look out the window to check out the view.
10. You check the Wi-Fi.2
11. You look for the bible.3
12. You see if the fridge smells.
13. You look through the peephole in the door out to the corridor.
14. You feel anxious about what might be under the bed.
15. You check to see if there are any pay channels on TV.4
16. You look for where the vending machine that sells alcohol is.5
17. However, it’s on a different floor! 5
18. Even though you think it’s expensive, you still buy it.
19. You turn on the lights in your room.
20. You want to go to the convenience store a little too much.
21. Larger pet bottles won’t fit in the fridge in the room.
22. If you’re staying for multiple nights, you stock up on beers.
23. You buy nicer beer than usual.6
24. You start to lose your sense of time.
25. You get lonely so you turn the TV on.
26. You get confused because the channels are different to back home.
27. There’s no real meaning to it but you jump on to the bed.
28. Setting the water temperature in the shower is difficult.
29. Even though it’s a shower you save the hot water.7
30. You bring your own bathing powder.
31. You check out the supplies of the shampoo and other stuff.8
32. You use more shampoo and conditioner than usual.
33. You have a bath in the morning.9
34. It feels even more spacious after a bath than it does at home.
35. You really don’t need the obi of the yukata.10
36. The slippers are flimsy.
37. You still buy pet bottles of tea even though there are tea bags.
38. Using a razor you’re not used to ends tragically for your poor face.
39. You check if the pillows are good.
40. You go to sleep but you’re feeling to excited so you can’t.
41. You move the TV as best you can so that it’s easy to watch from bed.
42. Before you go to sleep, you pull out the sheets that have been tucked in nicely.
43. You make it easy for you to stick your feet out the end.
44. You get worried whether or not the alarm clock will actually ring.
45. You wish the hands on the alarm clock wouldn’t make so much noise.
46. You end up waking up before the alarm clock is set to ring.
47. You can hear foreign languages being spoken in the corridor. You’re not sure what language it is, though.
48. You accidentally leave the card key in your room so you have to go to the front desk.
49. You pump your fists in the air if the toilet has a washlet.
50. If you run into somebody in the corridor, you feel awkward.
51. You’d be happier if checkout was later than 11am.
52. You feel you’ve hit the jackpot if the hotel has a coin laundry in it.
53. Although washing powder costs extra….
54. You do a high pose in front of the full-length mirror.11
55. The room rates go up on the weekends.
56. If you stay multiple nights, you gain weight.
57. You return home more beautiful.
58. You get sad before you have to checkout.
59. You check many times before checking out that you haven’t forgotten anything.
60. But without fail, you’ve definitely forgotten something.
This completes the list of 60 common experiences you’ll have in a business hotel. We hope this list is of some reference to you the next time you stay at one.
1. This one, upon first reading the article, took me by surprise a little. I wasn’t sure what it meant at first so I consulted my good friend Mr Google! From what I can tell, there are some people that believe it’s a sign that there had been a suicide in that room. Others, however, say that that is merely an urban legend. I was unable to find a definitive answer. Maybe next time I’m staying in a business hotel, I’ll be sure to check behind paintings. Additionally, there are some more legends and cultural issues related to suicide in Japan that could definitely become the topic of a future blog post.
2. The best thing about Japanese hotels is the Wi-Fi is given for free!! I’m not sure about other countries but in most Australian hotels I’ve stayed in, Wi-Fi always carried an additional charge.
3. The bible in the drawer of the hotel room is a common thing in western countries, for sure. However, I have looked in most of the hotels I’ve stayed at in Japan and never came across one.
4. This has only been the case at one or two of the business hotel I’ve stayed at; however, the pay channels in business hotels are generally adult movie channels. Some also offer other movie-on-demand services of a non-adult nature.
5. Japan, being the country of vending machines, has vending machines on each floor of its business hotels. There is generally only one machine per floor and generally the one with the alcohol will always be on a different floor to what you’re staying on. At least this has been the case for me.
6. I wasn’t sure quite how to handle this sentence from the original text. The original sentence reads: 「ビールのランクを上げる」(biiru no ranku wo ageru; you raise the rank of the beer.) My only interpretation of this is that because you’re away on business, is that you treat yourself to a slightly more expensive beer. I could be wrong about this but it made sense.
7. I really wasn’t quite sure what was meant by this. The original sentence reads: 「普段はシャワーなのにお湯をためる」(fudan wa shawaa nanoni oyu wo tameru) and my sentence is pretty much a literal translation of this.
8. In Japanese business hotels, much like most hotels, they provide the shampoo, conditioner, and body soap for you to use. Unlike in western hotels, however, they generally provide a big bottle—as opposed to the small bottles in western hotels—of it so you can use heaps. The downside to this, I guess, is that it makes it hard to stuff them in your bag and take them home.
9. In Japanese culture, it’s common to have a bath only at night. In the morning, you would just have a shower. When on business and staying in a business hotel, however, why not treat yourself to a bath in the morning too, right? Additionally, some business hotels have a more traditional Japanese public bath facility. I have stayed at some with this before and it’s great!
10. The obi (帯; meaning “sash”) is just the sash you would use to tie the yukata up.Obviously, when alone in a business hotel, who needs one of them, right?
11. I was not sure what ハイポーズ (haipōzu) meant and so therefore I left it as a literal translation.
This brings this post to a close. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Remember, if you have any ideas about future posts, (either translation related, language learning related, or perhaps Japanese culture related) please do leave a comment or contact me on Facebook!