Zao Onsen-surprise

So Japan has a week long break called golden week, during which I thought it would be a great idea to work at a hot spring close to Yamagata. The weirdness of the experience starts with the ease at which the job was attained: I called the number on the card I picked up when my culture class visited the onsen, and told them I would like a job. They asked until when, then told me to meet in front of the University early the next day. This was much less stressful than I expected, but the problems of bypassing all the usual steps soon presented themselves. For one, apparently a good Japanese language base is useful, as my coworkers did not speak English. This made learning all the ins and outs of hotel cleaning staff quite interesting. But the biggest shock came at the end of the day, when I was shown to my room and told to go to sleep. Apparently my stay here was more involved than I had previously believed. Workers stayed here all day, waking up early to work, having a midday break, then going to sleep in a private room. While not completely against this idea, I would have at least like to have it mentioned, as I do not generally carry around the necessary tools for daily life. Things like, you know, spare clothes, or a toothbrush, or books/homework, really show how important they are when you do not have them.

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