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02 Around Korinbo, Kata-machi, and Naga-machi
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"Tsuzumimon", the symbol of Kanazawa station
Traditional gold leaf craft
Historical tea houses in the Higashi Chaya District
  "Tsuzumimon", the symbol of Kanazawa station   Traditional gold leaf craft   Historical tea houses in the Higashi Chaya District
Cherry blossoms in spring in the Kazue-machi Chaya District
Seasonal beauty of Kenrokuen Garden in autumn
Enjoy contemporary art at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
  Cherry blossoms in spring in the Kazue-machi Chaya District   Seasonal beauty of Kenrokuen Garden in autumn   Enjoy contemporary art at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

- Topography

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.
 

- Features

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


Straw "komo" protecting the earthen walls of the samurai houses from snow in the Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District
Experience the true art of the geisha in Kanazawa
Kanazawa confectionery, used in tea ceremony
 
Snowcrab, a taste of winter
  Straw "komo" protecting the earthen walls of the samurai houses from snow in the Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District   Experience the true art of the geisha in Kanazawa   Kanazawa confectionery, used in tea ceremony   Snowcrab, a taste of winter


 
 
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