Kanazawa is located in the center of Japan. Its climate allows you to experience the characteristics of the four seasons in Japan, with new green leaves in spring, red leaves in autumn and snow in winter. With the presence of the mountains and the sea, two rivers and numerous waterways, Kanazawa is blessed with abundant water and beautiful nature.
- History and Beginnings
The history of Kanazawa goes back about 400 years to the Edo period, when the powerful samurai built Kanazawa castle. Around the castle the houses of the samurai and lively merchant quarters were built, as well as numerous temples in order to protect the castle town. Kanazawa flourished as the fourth largest castle town in Japan, after Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
As capital of Ishikawa prefecture, the traffic network and commerce and industry in Kanazawa are well developed. Its location right in the middle of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya is very convenient, making Kanazawa a prominent city in Japan. Because Kanazawa has been spared from war damages, even during World War II, and other disasters for over 400 years, one can still enjoy the atmosphere and the beauty from the old days. But Kanazawa also displays modern architecture, including the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, which was designed by internationally celebrated architects. Therefore Kanazawa is a city where one can enjoy the charm of both old and new, a traditional Japanese atmosphere combined with a sense of novelty and new creations.
- Main industries and special products
Old traditional handicrafts such as kimono dyeing, gold leaf, lacquerware and pottery are still very much alive today. Noh theater and tea ceremony are an essential part of the life of the citizens from Kanazawa. Both the tangible and intangible traditional cultures remain present until this very day.
- Local government PR
In January 2009 Kanazawa was the first city in Japan to be officially recognized as a “Historical City”. This was the result of numerous efforts to promote a city planning that revives the historical quarters and the traditional culture. In June of that same year Kanazawa was also recognized as the world’s first “City of Crafts and Folk Art” in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Relying on these two recognitions, Kanazawa aims to make its individuality known to the rest of the world.
- City of Kanazawa http://www.city.kanazawa.ishikawa.jp/index_e.html