Tohoku Week – Kanrantei

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When you sit down in Kanrantei and served a frothy matcha and sweet wagashi, you may not realize the building you are in may be better traveled in Japan than you. Kanrantei teahouse was a gift to Data Musumine, the daimyo who founded the city of Sendai, from the legendary Japanese leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Kanrantei was built in Kyoto as part of Toyotomi’s castle, but it was moved to Edo (Tokyo) by Date and moved to its current spot overlooking scenic Matsushima Bay by his son Date Tadamune. Today, it’s a quiet place to relax and enjoy Japanese tea in the presence of history and natural beauty.

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