女將(Okami)~the Land Lady~

入住日式旅館可以體驗日文本化,可以說是日本之旅的一大亮點。
在日本各地都有很多在歡迎旅客的同時,致力保護當地風土文化的旅館。
傳統日式旅館是家族企業、代代相傳把旅館的特色、傳統傳承下去。
旅館的門面、服務的監督就是「女將(Okami)」——即是老闆娘。

女將是把日本「款待(おもてなし)」的待客之道發揮得淋漓盡致的存在。

你要不要來見見日式旅館的女將?

You can experience Japanese culture at the traditional Japanese inn(ryokan), which is a highlight of the trip to Japan. There are many ryokans in Japan that are dedicated to protect the local customs and culture while welcoming visitors.

The traditional Japanese inn is a family business that hands down from generation to generation and passes on the characteristics and traditions of the ryokan. The supervisor of the service of the ryokan, and the first one you will meet when you eater the ryokan is “Okami” – the landlady.

 “Okami” will be the one who represents the hospitality (おもてなし) of Japan.

Would you like to come and meet the “Okami”of the ryokan?

女將是甚麼?

「OKAMI」不僅是日式旅館的老闆娘、高級日本料理餐廳、食堂、相撲部屋(培養相撲手的地方)都會有「OKAMI」。如字面所見,「女將」由女性擔當,可以說是像母親般的存在。

你到訪日式旅館時,有看到一位女士穿著與別不同的和服嗎?給人的感覺與其他的侍者明顯不同的那位女士就是「旅館的女將」。

女將不是誰都能從事的職業,傳統日式旅館最初就是家族企業,男士接管家族企業,成為「旦那 (老闆)」,而老闆的新娘則會成為「女將(老闆娘)」,專門負責旅館的服務、肩負起守護該旅館文化的責任。
「女將」的名字每代不同,分為「大女將」、「女將」、「若女將」。若現在旅館老闆的兒子有妻子、或是老闆的女兒接管了家業,就會作為「若女將」進入旅館做事,為了將來成為「女將」累積經驗。
女將守護著世代相傳的日式旅館傳統和當地文化,同時監督旅館的服務、以款待每位來訪的旅客。

What is “Okami”?

“OKAMI” is not only the landlady of the Japanese inn, there is “OKAMI” in the high-end Japanese restaurant, the cafeteria, and the “sumo room(相撲部屋)” (where the sumo wrestlers are trained). As seen literally, “Landlady” is a women and can be said to be like a mother.

When you visited the ryokan, did you see a lady wearing a special kimono? The lady who feels differently from other staffs is the “Okami of that ryokan.”

 “OKAMI is not a profession that anyone can do. The traditional Japanese inn is originally a family business, men take over the family business and become the “Dan-na(boss)”, while the wife of the boss becomes the “Okami (the landlady)”, who is responsible for the service of the ryokan and guarding the culture of the ryokan.
The names of “Okami” are different for each generation and are divided into “o-okami(senior)”, “okami” and “waka-okami(junior)”. If the son of the ryokan owner has a wife or the daughter of the ryokan owner to take over the family business, she will enter the hotel as a ” waka-okami” and gain experience in order to become the “okami” in the future.
Okami will guard the traditions and local culture of the ryokan that has been passed down from generation to generation, while supervising the ryokan’s services to entertain every visitor.

傳統日式旅館是

日本特有風格的旅館。
傳統日式旅館的特別之處是,你將會住在日本傳統的居住環境中,需要脫鞋才能進入旅館、榻榻米房間讓你放鬆身心、到用餐時間就有餐點準備好、傍晚會有侍者進入你的房間為你鋪被褥。另外,這些傳統日式旅館基本上都是1泊2食,付早餐晚餐,並以人均價格計算。
由於收費因每間客房入住的人數改變,如果一間客房的入住人數增加,則人均價格通常會降低。

在日式旅館,你可以從入住到退房體驗到各種日本傳統文化,並且與一般酒店不同,在旅館裏與侍者的接觸和交流都會較多。
每間日式旅館均有其特色,如溫泉館和料理旅館等,而且價格各不相同。 每間旅館都有自己獨特的服務去款待客人。
既然難得來到該地方和旅館,我們當然建議你「連泊(入住2晚或以上)」。最近,為了讓連住的客人可以試試旅館以外的餐廳,有些旅館不提供第2晚的晚餐,讓客人有更多選擇。

The traditional Japanese ryokan is

Hotels in Japan that have a special traditional style.
What is special about a ryokan is that you will stay in a traditional Japanese living environment, you need to take off your shoes to enter the ryokan, you can relax in a tatami room, a meal is prepared if it is meal time, and a staff will enter your room to make the bed for you in the evening. In addition, these traditional ryokans are basically “1泊2食(one night and two meals)”, includes dinner and breakfast, and the price is calculated per person.
As the price varies with the number of guests per room, it will usually be cheaper if the number of guests in one room increases.

At ryokan, you can experience a variety of traditional Japanese cultures from check-in to check-out, and unlike the general hotels, you can have more communications with the staffs in the ryokans.
Each ryokan has its own special features, such as hot springs and cuisines, all at different prices. Each ryokan has its own unique service to entertain guests and show their hospitality.
Since it is a much-awaited trip to Japan and ryokan, we recommend you to stay for two or more nights. Recently, in order to allow guests who are staying for two or more nights in the hotel to try restaurants other than the ryokan, some ryokans do not offer dinner for the second night, giving guests more choices.

旅館的女將介紹

岡山縣 湯原温泉 八景 HAKKEI

姓名 上塩浩子 HIROKO UWASHIO

女將資歷:1997年至今
出身地:大阪

成為女將之前:專職家庭主婦
人生格言:任何時候都保持真我。

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我第一次的海外旅行就是10歲時和父母一起去香港。在那之後已經47年,我去了香港60次以上。飲茶、購物、下午茶、海鮮、火鍋⋯⋯我很喜歡香港,因為香港有很多美食和好去處,不論甚麼時候都不會讓我失望……(”READ MORE”  for English ver.)

HIROKO UWASHIO