We’re in a Japanese capsule hotel, in Osaka exact same thing as the ones in Tokyo, only a bit cheaper. Capsule hotels are a very clever way to provide accommodation for a lot of people in a limited space. There’s this silly stereotype going around, ‘they’ve got so little space in Japan, they have to sleep in these conditions!’ Well, no. This is a very special case. For most Japanese people the capsule hotels are not like, fun, in any possible meaning of the word most of them haven’t slept in one of them. This is the manga reading room, there’s loads of it here as you can see. Naruto for instance, a whole lot of Naruto, from here to the horizon. And all the other ones as well, all you can dream of. I’m going to sit here and pretend like I’m reading Naruto in Japanese. – Interesting… Okay, so – this is what my hotel room looks like I’m trying to keep my voice down because there’s people sleeping nextdoor So this is it, a capsule hotel room. Some useless controls here, or whatever you can put some tunes on, the radio. It’s past midnight, I’m worried that if I press something I’ll get the music blasting Right. I found the light switch. Well, there isn’t that much more here a socket for example, a groovy thing to have in your hotel room. I don’t think there is one in the basic room package? Still, we could have upgraded it to a TV. It’s one of the cheapest accommodation options in Japan this one costs 3,000 yen, so 30 dollars per night which is super cheap for Japanese standards. There are even cheaper option naturally, the hostels for examples, or manga cafe where you can rent a little room overnight, but this – this is an actual hotel. I mean, you’ve got all the usual hotel services you get a towel, I don’t know, a tootbrush. That’s a standard thing in hotels here, the toothbrushes. So it’s a regular hotel, it’s just that the rooms are tiny. This is the bathroom, this is the male-only floor, if you had any doubts. There are separate floors for guys and girls The usual situation for choosing to sleep in a capsule hotel is when you don’t make it for the last train home. The underground service stops relatively early, around midnight in Tokyo is the time to pack up and leave the party. But when you’re based 40 miles outside of the city and have to commute to work when you’re out drinking with your friends you might start looking for an emergency place to crash. This is when you realize there’s such thing as capsule hotels. This is sento – they are traditional Japanese bathhouses, with heated pools there’s one with cold water too. An excellent way to wind down after a long day. There’s sauna over there as well. The whole thing works like this: you take a shower first sit over here and work that sponge, so you’re fresh and clean when you enter the pool. Where you can sit with all the others, relax and chat. Our model Krzysztof showing off his latest fashions it’s the special, uh, pyjamas you get here. Sitting on a massage chair. The whole capsule hotel idea is not at all funny or silly, in the way that we like to think of some typically Japanese inventions as funny little gimmicks. It’s something that caters to a very specific need and does a really good job at it I can easily see it working out in Poland just as well. There are not that many capsule hotels in Japan, to be honest you really have to look for it. So now you know. Stop with this stereotype already, ‘they have to sleep in these condtitions’, like… That is so not true. Let’s see if it’s any good. Good night then.