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The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori"
Posted November 05, 2010 to photo album "The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori""
In setting Somewhere at L.A.’s famed Chateau Marmont, Sofia Coppola tapped into that hotel’s mythic past. We look at other hotels whose histories define them.
Slide 22: Hoshi Ryokan becomes a Hotel
Hoshi Ryokan, founded in 718 and as such the world’s oldest hotel (and business), has divine origins.
Each Hoshi Ryokan proprietor bears the name Zengoro Hoshi. The first Zengoro was was Garyo Houshi, the second son of woodcutter Gengoro Sasakiri, who guided Taicho Daishi to the top of t. Hakusan. Zengoro Hoshi XLVI (46) currently manages the inn. The Ryokan’s 100 rooms can house 450 guests, each of whom is welcomed to the inn with a Japanese tea ceremony, and provided with a yukata, a cotton kimono, for use after soaking in the single-sex indoor and outdoor hot springs. After doing as the God of Mt. Hakusan commanded—and helping establish the inn—Taicho resumed his spiritual training and experienced “satori” (a state of intuitive illumination). Stories of his mystical powers made their way to the Imperial Court in Nara, helping make Taicho the respected Etsu no Daitoku (Great Man of Virtue from Etsu).