If you go to a hotel in the US- most any hotel- from 1-star to 4-stars, you’ll likely to encounter a number ubiquitous things. For example, a bed, a TV, relatively clean towels and sheets, perhaps a bathrobe and slippers. In fact, these are pretty much international standards.
One other thing you’ll find in most any US Hotel’s beside table is a New Testament or Gideon’s Bible. The good folks at Gideons International have been placing religion at the besides of hotel patrons for over a century and now there’s no surprise associated with discovering a New testament in the drawer. In fact, if there isn’t one would be more of a surprise. I’m not sure why they began this practice. Whether it was for the purpose of proselytizing or a little light reading for Christians travelling abroad or just a little beside guilt for the fornicating Christians out there is a mystery to me.
Well, Gideons don’t have “international” in their name for nothing. They have also promulgated the Christian God’s words to live by all over Tokyo and Yokohama … Though you’re not likely to find one at a Love Hotel in Shibuya (wouldn’t deter any fornication up in there, that’s for sure), if you go to, let’s say, a hotel that caters to Westerners like the Prince Hotel in Shinagawa you’ll find that the Gideons have been there…with a little added spiritual bonus for you non-Christians (like myself) out there. Yep, roll over and slide the draw open and…
Holy Asian Testaments! What’s this?
Japan being a relatively secular country, it’s mildly surprising to find a Christian bible, not to mention a Buddhist text bedside.
Do Buddhist proselytize, too? I’ve never been approached by one. Anyone know the Buddha’s views on pre-marital sex?