Houshi: The hotel that’s existed for 1300 years

Category : video
Date : March 1, 2017


This short film by Fritz Schumann tells the story of Houshi Ryokan, a inn built over a hot spring in Awazu,  Japan that’s been running since 708. It’s survived for so long by being continuously rebuilt when met with misfortune, and by a dedicated lineage of caretakers. The family, now in it’s 46th generation, continues the traditions despite increasing friction with modern attitudes.

The film explores the family and how they’ve coped with the untimely death of their eldest son, and the dilemma faced by the daughter born in to such a rigid tradition.