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FRIDAY , JULY THE TWENTY-THIRD

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The floating island docked at the port of Kobe in Japan . We unloaded our luggage and travelled into the mountains of the Kyoto area , where a glorious restored bath-house was waiting for tourists such as ourselves . In fact , it was considered one of the most haunted places in the world , called Akuma Sentō . The original building burnt down nearly one hundred years ago . After some length of time the bath house went through a strenuous reconstruction , with a careful mind to preserving the original layout , but spicing it up with exciting new décor , only the finest-quality woods , silks , and spring waters , and featuring a wonderful luxury hotel addition ( called a Ryokan ) as well as an elaborate tea house .
The guests are not allowed to bring their weapons onto the premises of the hotel , which led the Mayor and Mister to object . However , they reluctantly yielded their weapons . Sir Hammerhorn was stopped at the door with a strange , clock-like instrument . He claimed it was not a weapon , but rather a ghost detector ! They let him pass .
The beds are on the floor , which seems to my English sensibilities most workmanlike , but it is my understanding that Easterners are accustomed to this , and I should not like to object to the customs of a hemisphere . The rooms are separated by