Imagine a salaryman
... imagine he has been busy working until 3am ... on attaining the 6th level of hashigo
. At this time of night there are no trains
left. This poor soul has work at 8:30am and he lives 2 hours away in Yokohama
. He doesn't have 20,000 yen(114 yen= US$1) to pay for a taxi
and he didn't get lucky enough to find a mochikaeri
and go to a love hotel
. He has no other options, so what does he do?
He goes to a capsule hotel.
range in price from anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 yen, so capsule hotels
compared to business hotels and love hotels
, and there are lots of 'em. But of course there is a bad thing about capsule hotels
, they are really really small. At capsule hotels
, you don't sleep in a room
, you sleep in a, well, for lack of other words - a capsule
. You know, like one of those hibernation
units (a box
) in Aliens
or 2001: A Space Odyssey
. But, they are cheap and it is better than sleeping at the train station
with the homeless
who sit around and do nothing but read the Nihon Keizai Shinbun
and other fine newspapers.