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Behind the Scenes at a Ryokan: Understanding Japanese Inns (Dr Chris McMorran | Japan Station 105

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On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Dr. Chris McMorran talks about what it’s like working at a rural ryokan (Japanese inn).

About Dr. Chris McMorran

Chris McMorran is Associate Professor of Japanese Studies at the National University of Singapore. He is a cultural geographer of contemporary Japan focusing on the geographies of home across scale, from the body to the nation. He is the author of Ryokan: Mobilizing Hospitality in Rural Japan (University of Hawai’i Press), an ethnography of a Japanese inn, based on twelve months spent scrubbing baths, washing dishes, and making guests feel at home in Kurokawa Onsen. He also researches tourism, disasters, gendered labor, area studies, field-based learning, and popular culture, including as co-editor of Teaching Japanese Popular Culture. Finally, Chris co-produces the Home on the Dot podcast with NUS students. The podcast explores the complex spaces and meanings of home in Singapore, through the lives of young people.

Topics Discussed

  • About Dr. Thomas Baudinette’s interest in Japan and research
  • About ryokan (Japanese inns)
  • About what it’s like to work at a ryokan
  • About the tasks expected of a ryokan employee
  • About who works at ryokans
  • About genered labor at ryokan
  • Whether you should leave a tip at a ryokan
  • And much more!

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Full Show Notes

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