【Japanese robot receptionist (the Halloween version)】Beautiful stories from far away From Japan
2023-10-14 ｜ TOSHI
❙ Japanese robot receptionist
Dear followers and readers, how are you? I’m TOSHI, a Japanese woman.
After I started living in Tokyo, another change happened to me. Specifically, that means I’m interested in robots!
It all started when I stayed at one of Japan’s Hotel, 「Henn na Hotel（変なホテル）」.
「Henn na Hotel」s are located in over 20 locations Japan and overseas including South Korea and New York.
I stayed at one of them in Tokyo, there were two robot receptionists in the lobby that would assist you with check-in and check-out. They both appeared to be female. They are both multilingual as well (※The type of robots vary depending on the hotels).
There are also human employees. However, one of the reasons robots exist is that they can reduce labor costs for the company.
❙ I didn’t like anything that closely resembled humans,but…
To tell the truth, I didn’t like anything that closely resembled humans, even dolls.
Human-like dolls can be scary to me. It’s fun to see them interact with other people during the day. However, if left in the room where I slept at night; I wouldn’t be able to sleep.
Actually, there is a Japanese idea that “things with eyes have life, spirit.” For example, there are even temples in Japan that holds a memorial service for dolls that are no longer needed (Do you agree with that idea? I certainly do).
A certain Kimono artist says that when he draws pictures of birds on Kimonos, he doesn’t draw the eyes because life dwells in them, he believe.
I believe in this too, but when I saw this custom-made human-like robot, I was intrigued and changed my opinion of the robot during my stay there.
I was surprised, but for one reason: the robots were made so well!
When someone approaches the robot, it sometimes seems like it moves slightly, just like how a real person might react to a person coming. Sometimes, they moved a little.
The hotel’s lobby in Tokyo I stayed sometimes turns into a cafe that only guests can use (※The type of service vary depending on the hotels), but when the robotic girls were there, I felt like someone was watching me. I was able to get things done.
My only question is that the only robot receptionists I saw were women. I don’t know how it is at other hotels.
By the time I left, the robots were suddenly wearing Halloween costumes and looked even more strange and interesting.
It was so sudden that I thought they put on the costumes themselves. The room wasn’t expensive but was clean and nice. This hotel is not only located in Japan but also in South Korea and New York.as well, I would like to visit them someday.
Official website of Henn na Hotel (Including English version)
※TOSHI, I had been a writer who mainly focuses on food for around 5 years. I am looking for media that will publish my essays about Japan, gourmet Mystery novel (※) and #日本人が中華街でつぶやくJapanese tweets in Chinatown (serialized on X (Twitter) and this site), etc. Feel free to contact me via ClubRosy’s X (Twitter) DM. https://twitter.com/ClubRosy
The articles I wrote
(※)The casebook of Tokyo gourmet writer
[The case of Beautiful Girl Cooking Expert] ⇩⇩
amazon page of TOSHI’s book（竹井夙 Toshi TAKEI’s book）⇩⇩ [美しい人々 Beautiful people] etc.
The casebook of gourmet writer
[Mystery around Chinese tea]⇩⇩
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