Deepen your knowledge of Kanazawa's crafts!Walking around the city of "Kogei"
Kanazawa is a samurai town that was formed around its castle. Crafts have been a prolific industry since the age of the samurai, and up to this day the art of crafts has been carefully preserved and handed down through the generations. Art museums, galleries and shops in the city are always teeming with crafts and art. You are sure to find something that takes your fancy among the many options, which range from crafts made using traditional techniques to charming crafts that have been designed to suit modern tastes. Below you will find information about how to enjoy the crafts in the area around Kenrokuen, one of Japan's three most beautiful gardens.Recommended plan list
First, learn about traditional crafts
At Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts, which is located near the Kodatsuno entrance to Kenrokuen Garden, you can view 36 types of traditional Ishikawa crafts all under one roof. Every Saturday and Sunday, traditional-craft artisans come to the museum to demonstrate their skillful techniques. Seeing this up close is a special experience. The creatively curated seasonal exhibitions are also popular.
History of Kanazawa
Traditional Craft of Kanazawa
Exploring the origins of Kanazawa's arts and crafts
Enjoying the best traditional crafts will take you to the next level of appreciation. Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art has a large collection of masterpieces that give you a historical perspective on Kanazawa crafts.
After taking the time to thoroughly enjoy the exhibits, how about stopping in at the museum café to have a discussion about crafts over tea and sweets?
Walking in the tranquility of nature
If you go around to the back of Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, you will hear the refreshing sound of a waterfall. This is the "art path". It is a shortcut between Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art and Nakamura Memorial Museum. After walking down stone steps to the sound of chirping birds, you will come to a tranquil green space that will make you wonder if you are really in a city. Keep walking through the tree-filtered sunlight of Honda Forest Park.
You will see a tearoom on the other side of the park
View the collection of fine tea-ceremony utensils
As you advance along the stone steps, the Nakamura Memorial Museum and the “Old Nakamura House” will come into view. Here you will find an exhibit of masterpieces, consisting mainly of tea ceremony utensils that were enthusiastically collected by Mr. Nakamura, a tea master and businessman who ran a sake brewery in Kanazawa.
After enjoying the collection, choose your favorite teacup and have some tea and sweets while admiring the beautiful garden.
There are also charming crafts to discover
More than 20 types of traditional crafts can be found in the antenna shop Kanazawa Craft Hirosaka, which is located right beside the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Colorful items will catch your eye, and you may find many of the crafts so charming that you will exclaim in amazement. There are reasonably priced items that would make perfect gifts to bring back to your friends.
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