Kanazawa’s 3-Day Festival: Hyakumangoku
More than a mere historical reenactment, the Hyukumangoku Festival, with its three full days of samurai, dancing, and numerous cultural activities, celebrates Kanazawa culture and history like no other event!
The Kimono Silk of Kanazawa: Kaga-Yuzen
A real kimono is a wearable work of art, but not all kimono are the same! The kimono crafted in Kanazawa are uniquely designed for the samurai class...
The Voice of Japanese Zen: D.T. Suzuki
Japanese Zen was once believed only to be understood in Japanese. Daisetz Suzuki broke all molds, becoming Zen's ambassador to the English-speaking world.
Toyama, for Crafts & Nature Lovers
There are many charming spots in Toyama, but from here I want to share everything that appeals to my craftwork-loving heart! So let's start...
Komatsu: Pines, Performances & Peace
Just 17 minutes away by train or car, Komatsu is the birthplace of "Children's Kabuki" and a place to reconnect with nature, with the sprawling forest shrine of Natadera, the moss garden at the Forest of Wisdom, and the Takigahara Farm, an…
Seisonkaku Villa & the Last Days of its Lord and Lady
Seisonkaku, a carefully preserved Japanese villa and home to a lady whose house served the imperial aristocacry, stands today as a house museum in Kanazawa.
Kanazawa Castle: Hokuriku’s Horizontal Hold
Kanazawa Castle is an impeccably restored wooden fortress, a marvel of carpetntry, stone masonry and defensive capabilities, and a history of war with fire.
Kanazawa Curry: Not Your Basic Japanese Curry!
You wouldn't expect Japanese curry to be representative of food culture in Kanazawa, but this thick, rich curry is one you must taste for yourself!
The Samurai District of Kanazawa: Nagamachi
Home to samurai soldiers of Edo era Kanazawa, the fortified walls now surround samurai museums, craft shops, unique cafes and Japanese gardens.
The 3 Geisha Districts of Kanazawa
It's not enough to say, "I want to visit Kanazawa's geisha district," as the Japanese castle town has three! Here's how best to enjoy each one.
House of the Banished Samurai, Kurando Terashima
Few know to look for this house that belonged to a banished samurai. Kurando Terashima, a warrior first of the people, was exiled for speaking out harshly against feudal government policies. Additionally a prolific painter, his entire hous…