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In the mid 1980's I had an Asian History class at Long Beach City College (CA) which had as a secondary assignment "The Japanese Inn". I also happened to be in the US Navy and I was subsequently very lucky to be assigned to a ship in Yokosuka Japan near Yokohama in 1989. Between deployments and the Persian Gulf War One ('90/'91), I was not able to visit the "Inn" at Yui City as soon as I had wished. Unfortunately the family sold their "Inn" to a major Japanese hotel chain. I think The Prince Hotel Chain bought it some years before I made my visit in 1992. It is now used as a retreat for management to conduct seminars etc. However the Nichiren Temple in which the facially disfigured samurai made his promise "to cure those who prayed there" still exists. The lanterns that worshipers write their wishes still hang from the ceiling. I hope this can give some idea of what it was you wondered about. You can e-mail me at email@example.com for more details if you or anyone else is interested.
Oliver Statler's narrative of Japanese history using the Inn as a focal point provides an intriguing introduction to the last 350-400 years of Japanese life. The narrative is personal and escapes the dry tedium that often pervades historical accounts, yet it stays well in the realm of the factual. I was left wanting to know more about Japan, and the current status of the Inn.