Navy General Board Q & A! "Why was the battleship Yamato called Hotel Yamato?" Good Question!
Accomodations aboard Yamato were luxurious compared to other battleships and even more so compared to the spartan accommodations aboard other Japanese warships.
Yamato featured air conditioning as well as individual lockers for the entire crew. She had massive refrigerated storage in her galley as well as civilian chefs aboard. Officers ate full course meals with a band providing music in the background.
There were civilians aboard that also handled sewing and other small tasks. The battleship also featured a bathhouse and other amenities.
The sight of the mighty battleship sitting comfortably in port with her crew enjoying the finer things in life was the subject of much ridicule.
Another explanation is that Yamato and Musashi often served as the meeting place for Japan's admirals and other important figures.
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