Not even the lobby had A/C. We might have stumbled into a manifestation of a craze that started in Japan several years ago which shames businesses into setting A/C thermostats to around 82F - a temperature some Japanese researchers have declared as survivable only if one is "naked, skinny, and motionless." Except for "naked", that describes us. At this hotel, Japanese businessmen clad in black suits, arriving for check-in, had dropped all pretense of stoicism in the face of discomfort.
Or, maybe there's a date on which all of Japan switches off all A/C. Similar to the fashion mandate to avoid wearing white after Labor Day. Even the Shinkansen Green Car, normally a comfortable haven in years past, was a baking oven. I wanted to strip naked on the train! We thought we'd suffer the train ride and relax later in our room.
Well THAT didn't happen! The front desk said, "Oh, just open your window." Surprise! The 8th-floor window does... More