日毎の一覧: 2020-10-06

Stopping to reflect on life as an innkeeper 宿主としての見直し

(I was requested to write about running a business in Japan, and would like to share my reflections here.)

I run a traditional onsen ryokan along with some side businesses such as a rental cycle / guided cycling and walking tours program, an Uber Eats-like deal for local restaurants, and selling the Seattle-style cookies I bake for our guests over the internet.  Besides these business activities, I also run a non-profit organization for promoting tourism to Nagano, called the NINJA Project.

For the ryokan, the inn had been in my wife’s family for several decades and the mother-in-law wanted to retire but didn’t have anyone to take over so she talked about tearing it down and making a parking lot...

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