Lunch at Akamatsu-An

By ggt131 (from : ) on Dec. 13, 2016

By ggt131 (from : ) on Dec. 13, 2016

Akamatsu-An used to be an old Samurai residence back when Samurai still roamed Japan, so I was really excited to hear that we were coming here. It was about 30 minutes away from the arts village up an old country road. The An is actually larger than just one building: it's a whole complex! If you request in advance, you can get a room for the night that is actually inside a kura (explanation in another article).

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The whole place has a real 'earthen' feel to it. The room where we ate lunch is surrounded on three sides by a zen garden that replaces water with stones to give a whole serene feel. The meal we ate was a top class bento known as shokako(?) that is normally eaten while watching kabuki theater. With a full stomach and a warm hearth, we all forgot about the time and had a quick nap!

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