SYNOPSIS:  Where you can go shopping and even dine out in your bathrobe.  Where the rich have a lot of fun and the poor can enjoy themselves, too.  About a spa, a town, and Japanese bathing culture.  About my new hotel, a Ryokan and a most unusual roommate.

It took me a while to figure out why I would see clusters of people who strolled around in matching bathrobes and stylish colour-coordinated vests.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY