Travelogue Japan: Nagamachi Samurai District, Kanazawa

One of our last stops in Kanazawa was Nagamachi, a former samurai district located at the foot of Kanazawa Castle. Since the castle was an important centre of administration for the ruling daimyo, it was natural that a residence catering to the upper echelons, namely the samurai, sprung up within close proximity. Entering the area was like taking a step back in time, to a … Continue reading Travelogue Japan: Nagamachi Samurai District, Kanazawa

Travelogue Japan: Higashi Chaya Geisha District, Kanazawa

Geishas are traditional Japanese female entertainers, trained to perform in classical music, dance, games and conversation. Films like Memoirs of A Geisha have popularised geishas in the West, but it was executed in such a way that I felt it fetishised the role, creating misconceptions on what it really entails. Geishas are by no means prostitutes – something that the fellow media guy I was … Continue reading Travelogue Japan: Higashi Chaya Geisha District, Kanazawa

Things To Do in Kanazawa, Japan: Gold-Leaf Art

Gold leaf, which is gold hammered down to an extremely thin sheet (sometimes 1/10,000 of a millimetre!) has been used in decorative art for centuries. The process of layering it over a surface is called gilding. One might find examples of these in European art, on statues, mirrors, small objects and jewellery, or as part of a building’s architecture on ceilings and window frames. While there … Continue reading Things To Do in Kanazawa, Japan: Gold-Leaf Art

Kanazawa Attractions: Fresh Seafood at Omi-Cho Market

Markets are one of the best places to experience the local way of life, and Omicho in Kanazawa is no exception. The bustling, colourful hub is the largest in the city and its oldest, dating back to the Edo era. Its modern form may be a far cry from how it originally looked like – but as you stroll through its neat layout, it’s not … Continue reading Kanazawa Attractions: Fresh Seafood at Omi-Cho Market

Visiting Kenroku-En: One of Japan’s Three Most Beautiful Landscaped Gardens

Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture is relatively unknown among foreign tourists – perhaps due to it being off the beaten path of the Shinkansen (bullet train) – but the place is a popular destination for domestic travelers, and for good reason. If you’re looking for well-preserved examples of art, culture and history from Japan’s feudal era, Kanazawa has, perhaps, one of the best you’ll find in … Continue reading Visiting Kenroku-En: One of Japan’s Three Most Beautiful Landscaped Gardens