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Old 05-08-2016, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by furryman View Post
I'm not sure if this is entirely true. In another thread about the longest running businesses they mentioned an inn outside of Tokyo that's been there since the city was called Edo. So at least the concept of travel and inns has been around for at least that long if not longer.
The concept of an obligation to show hospitality to travelers goes back thousands of years ago, such as the ancient Greek custom of xenia.

Or consider this fairly well known line from the Bible:

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
The similarity to the ancient Greek belief in showing hospitality to strangers because they might be gods in disguise is pretty obvious.