It's nearly the end of November!! Time is flying isn't it! I can't believe it's been more than a week since the participants of the Real Japan Retreat left to go back to their various countries. None of us will ever be the same again!
This was the first year for the Real Japan Retreat, which was aimed at international women entrepreneurs. In addition to getting a great experience of "real Japan" I wanted to give local women entrepreneurs a chance to mastermind with women from other countries. Somehow this turned out to be an amazing experience where everyone went home wanting more!
This retreat started in Tokyo, after arriving from France and the Netherlands, I whisked the participants away from the craziness and rush of Tokyo to a sleepy little hot spring town called Yumoto, about 2 hours by train north of Tokyo. Once you leave the train, you can get started with the hot springs right away by soaking your feet in the foot bath just outside the station! It's so refreshing after a trip on the train and sitting for 2 hours.
We stayed at a local ryokan or traditional style Japanese inn, called Iwaso. This is a smaller ryokan but we felt very well looked after and almost cocooned whilst we were there. There is a big difference staying in a ryokan to a usual hotel room. Futons are the order of the day, and Iwaso's are the most comfortable ones I've slept on. We can wear a "yukata" around inside the inn which really makes you feel relaxed and we spent most of the time dressed in these bath robes! So relaxing. All our meals were provided in our own room so we had privacy to enjoy our discussions without disturbing others. And the FOOD! Look! Helen, Communication skills coach of Sasuga Communications, based in Tokyo will show just how amazing all the meals were: