Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. Unlike regular hotels, guests can enjoy Japanese food, onsen (hot spring), wearing a kimono and other cultural experiences all at once in a traditional Japanese home-like environment with tatami mats and shōji screens, and thus has become a popular accommodation among foreign tourists. One of the charms of staying in a ryokan is omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) graciously offered by experienced staff called “nakai-san.” I’ve come to this onsen-ryokan to be alone with my partner. A nakai-san gave me an amulet for easy childbirth. Did they notice my slightly protruding belly? What a subtle gesture of care and encouragement! I hope to give birth to a healthy baby and come back with the three of us next time.