I did a thorough internet search — or at least I think it was a thorough internet search — and I discovered that there are no ryokans in New York City.
I am surprised by this. The Big Apple generally never misses an opportunity, and yet it somehow is not exploiting this potential gold mine. Imagine the harried businessperson whose day is filled with meetings, appointments, things to do and people to meet. What could be better than the knowledge that one could retreat into a perfect oasis, a refuge of zen-like calm, casting off the shackles of modernity, for at least an evening, and partake of a timeless sense of peace?
I wonder whether some enterprising hotelier, upon reading this, will think “Aha!, that’s just the thing!”
After all, when I told a friend that I went to a Ninja themed restaurant here in Tokyo, she pointed out to me that there is also a Nina themed restaurant in New York City.
If our fair city can manage a Ninja themed restaurant, the least it could do is provide at least one ryokan for the weary traveler.