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Next door to the honjin is a preserved hotogaya, an inn for merchants.  These mannequins show how a dusty traveler would wash their feet before entering the inn.  Futagawa is in an area famous for top quality tea.  Merchants used this inn as their base while they negotiated for the best crops.  If they belonged to the tea merchants association, they got a discount at this inn.
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Next door to the honjin is a preserved hotogaya, an inn for merchants. These mannequins show how a dusty traveler would wash their feet before entering the inn. Futagawa is in an area famous for top quality tea. Merchants used this inn as their base while they negotiated for the best crops. If they belonged to the tea merchants association, they got a discount at this inn.