Amazake Chaya tea house on the Tokaido Road.
This teahouse, with a traditional thatched roof and cedar tree stump stools, has served as a rest stop for travellers on the Tokaido road for four centuries - conquering armies, royals, samurai, pilgrims and the two of us among them. It remains relatively unchanged since the Edo period in terms of design, atmosphere and menu, and is currently run by the 13th generation descendants of the original owners.
They serve a sweet, fermented rice drink Amazake (sake) that is one of the yummiest drinks I’ve ever had. We ordered a second round of the hot winter amazake and got a discount and many arigato gozaimases for liking it. And they serve mochi rice cakes and this thing miso-oden that looks like river stones (pic). The traffic on this historic road was strictly controlled by the shogun in its time. As one of the tactics to reduce the potential for rebellions and in-fighting, the Tokugawa Shogunate officially ordered the ‘daimyo’, feudal lords that had pledged allegiance, to regularly hold elaborate, glorious processions down this road. Higher the rank, the bigger the procession and the show-off, the lesser the remaining resources to plan revolts. Full marks for cleverness! Now that’s what I call politics. .
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