Wanderlust Home and Pet Care
October 14, 2014 We were worried that the Typhoon would delay or cancel our train. Shouldn’t have worried - the train was on time. The hotel was a bit more of a challenge to find but no wrong turns. The hotel had a very friendly helpful and well versed english speaking staff. Would stay here again not only for the hotel but the city is great too!
October 15, 2014 Misako met us in the hotel lobby at 9 am. We took a bus to a Shrine that is having a festival that only happens 3 days a year. Then we walk to the Geisha district. We didn’t hear any singing Geisha’s unfortunately - better luck next time. The Kanazawa Shinise Memorial Hall was this delightful small museum which in it’s former life was a feudal-period pharmacy. The pharmacy owners’s were bestowed the honor or filling the Lord Maeda Tsunanori’s
On display in the hall were Konrei-moyo, wedding gifts given by the groom to the bride’s family.
A special exhibit of Temari, "te" means hand, and "mari" means ball. This ancient folk art started as a toy ball but is now traditionally given as a beautifully hand crafted gift. I was enthralled! Maybe I could learn how to make these???
Nagamachi was a feudal samurai district located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, where samurai and their families used to reside. The area preserves the historic architecture with its remaining samurai residences, earthen walls, private entrance gates, narrow lanes and water canals. Samurai means "those who serve in close attendance to the nobility". I always thought of them as a special fighting unit.
Lunch was at this wonderful Japanese restaurant served to us by women wearing kimonos. Afterwards a walk to the Kanazawa Castle Park and the connecting Kenroku-en Gardens. From 1583 to the end of the Edo Period, Kanazawa Castle was the seat of the powerful Maeda Clan. The castle burnt down a few times throughout its history, and the most recent fires of 1881 were survived only by the castle's Ishikawa-mon Gate.
The gate, which dates from 1788, is the main entrance to the park. Notice the small door in the lower left corner to allow the “good guys” to come in.
I came initially to Kanazawa for the Kenroku-en Garden. The Maeda family, in feudal times, maintained the garden from generation to generation. From its scale and beauty, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful feudal lords' gardens in Japan by combining the 6 attributes that bring out the perfect landscape of the garden: spaciousness, tranquility, trickery, antiquity, water courses, and magnificent view from the garden.
I would definitely come back to Kanazawa to soak up the history this town has to offer.