Yesterday was a relatively grueling 24-hour travel day, ending at an overnight hotel near the Narita airport. It’s one of those hotels that feels like what I imagine the 1970s were like for a traveling businessman, except we scored a non-smoking room.
The crown jewel of the room is this multi-function hardware built into the bed’s headboard.
Electronic bedroom control device reminiscent of classic stereo equipment
It controls the room’s lights and air. Its radio has two preset FM stations and one for BGM – a term for background music which I just learned is used outside of video games. These are the original radio buttons, the kind where if you push one in the others pop back out. The centerpiece is what appears to be an all-analog alarm clock from before the invention of the snooze button.