A type of bow, which has been passed down from the ancient Japanese time. It was originally used to show that you do not have hostility towards the opposition, no matter their hierarchical relationship with you, and nowadays people do ojigi to show respect. At Ryokan, the profound bow, which is bowed at the angle of 45 degrees is used to show great thankfulness and respect when the owners are welcoming guests and sending them off.
A traditional Japanese sandal with a strap, which people mainly wear when dressed in Japanese traditional clothing these days. One of the unique Japanese customs for politeness, which has been passed down, is the act of neatly straighten one’s shoes. This custom has a meaning of “being able to straightening one’s shoes can straighten one’s self” and “being able to give a good feeling towards the others”.
A type of beddings has 2 types, shikibuton and kakebuton, which are used widely in Japan. At Ryokan, the host will lay out the futons on the tatami which means on the floor of washitsu one by one, with not one crease, at the guest's requested time. The purpose of this comes from the wish of guests to be relaxed as much as possible during their stay. Indeed, this is one of the ways of Japanese hospitality and elaborate thoughts.
Washitsu can be used as a living room, guest’s room, tea room, and bed room. Not only is it functional to use, it also coexists with beauty of space, which for some reasons let people’s minds relaxed and makes them feel a sense of “wa”. “Tatami”, one of the features of washitsu is made up of straw and rush, a type of plant, plated together. It has the function to adjust the room’s humidity despite the cold and warm seasons. Indeed, tatami has been loved by Japanese people for many years with its ability to provide a perfect space for a country with high temperature and humidity like Japan.