FD self-guided tour to discover the crafts of Kanazawa


| May 15, 2020

Kanazawa and the surrounding area has a rich history of traditional crafts, including Kaga-yuzen silk dyeing, Kutani pottery, elegant lacquerware, and delicate gold leaf. At the Gold Leaf Museum in the Higashi-chaya district you can see the city's pride in its shimmering traditional craft, and you can see ephemeral wisps of gold leaf in everything from sake to cosmetics and cake. The name Kanazawa literally translates as 'golden marsh'. The production of gold leaf ('kinpaku' in Japanese) in Kanazawa began at the end of the 16th century, and the city now produces 99% of all domestic gold leaf - including the gold leaf used on Kyoto's iconic Golden Temple. Nearby is the Kutani Pottery Kosen Kiln, on the south side of the city in the Nishi-chaya area. The 140-year-old kiln has passed through four generations of skilled potters, and free English tours are available. The Kaga Yuzen Traditional Industry Centre, near Kenroku-en garden, is also worth visiting for the gorgeous kimono displays.

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