A stay at the Japanese-run Kitano Hotel in New York, in a junior suite geared to the American guest, turned up a whole new array of in-room amenities. ImageThe bedside bureau drawer held the familiar Bible, and alongside it was a book titled "The Teaching of Buddha." Heated towel racks, a Jacuzzi and an enormous walk-in shower appealed to the bathroom fetishist in us. And then there was the white machine on a side table, which Insider at first mistook for an electric popcorn maker. Nope. OK. Ice maker? Humidifier? Facial sauna? Nope. It was a tea maker. It heats the water, and you plunk in a tea bag -- it's that simple. We'd seen these before, of course, but never one quite so... well, serious-looking. So we gave it a try, but when it came time to order room-service breakfast, we went straight for the American side of the menu. Miso soup, seaweed and fermented soy paste are fine by us, but not first thing in the morning.

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