Once patronised by hostesses and geisha, the 1,300 year-old inn Houshi mainly hosts families now. In this short documentary by Fritz Schumann, the patriarch’s assured explanations of how things are and his daughter’s struggles to express her conflicting feelings towards the family business are punctuated by beautifully composed shots of the ryokan (traditional Japanese inn).
Though a 2011 application to Guinness World Records from a slightly older ryokan in Yamanashi recently made Houshi the second oldest hotel in the world, the patriarch of the family had previously said he’d never considered advertising the record anyway. So there.
According to Schumann, the daughter will soon become the first woman in 46 generations to manage the ryokan.