Matoishi Tea House
Matoishi Tea House is known as an impotant, historic spot that has been sutvived since the feudal era of Tokugawa regime. Higo (feudal name for Kumamoto prefecture) feudal lords,
generation after generation used to stop by at this comfortable tea house with their retainers. They usually started off their pilgrimage, long trip to Edo (feudal name for Tokyo)
from Ozu. (Sankin-kotai) Starting off from Ozu, they went through Bungo path way and passed over the peak of Futae ridge. One of the most awaited moment for all exliusted followers
was naturally a tea time. They took some rest and had a heartful lunch at this tea house.
There is a garden pond in the backyard of the house. The pond was shaped by riverbed water from the north part of the Somma. It is chosen as one of the famous hundred underflows.
The inside of the house is still restored by the Koito family. The thirtcenth Koito family today is pround of their constant work of restoring this historic spot generation after generation.
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