KANAZAWA -A Heritage of Cultural Excellence-
Kanazawa, a city where the “real” heartbeat of Japanese culture still beats. Step into the castle town that still boasts authentic Japanese culture and an artistic flair established by samurai over 400 years ago. This short film is an introductory highlight reel of 10 short films that will take you on a journey through it all.
RYOTEI -Peak Hospitality-
A culmination of Japanese essential culture. Step into a space of pure Japanese cuisine and hospitality in the peak of full bloom during one of Kanazawa’s rich 4 seasons.
Kanazawa’s many gardens still stand today as a nod to the city’s once thriving samurai culture. Hear how Japanese people’s love for gardens have fostered their beauty, and tales of their unique design as told by a garden expert.
JAPANESE TEA CULTURE
Tea ceremony ? the elusive, untapped secrets of a Japanese art beloved by many across the world. Enjoy an easy-to-digest take on the true essence of Japan’s tea culture, as told by the head of the 350-year-old Ohi Ware.
GEISHA EVENINGS IN KANAZAWA
Step into the world of real Geisha as they perform in a teahouse built 200 years ago. Uncover the story behind Geisha Evenings, the experience captivating travelers around the world, as told by a real landlady.
Bright, lustrous, and elegant kimono. Kanazawa is home to a unique kimono style, featuring picturesque images that set it apart from those made in Kyoto and other regions. Here’s a deep dive into the process behind it all.
GOLD LEAF -A tiny world contained within 1/10,000 millimeters-
Kanazawa, home to 99% of all gold leaf made in Japan. A master artisan shares the secret of crafting gold leaf as thin as a mere 1/10,000th of a millimeter.
Kaga Zogan -Mastering the Beauty of Metal-
“Zogan”, the all but lost art of metal inlay. A tale of how metals are crafted to the utmost of beauty, as told by a Living National Treasure.
KAGA MAKIE -Sparkling gold lacquerware-
“Shikki”— Japanese lacquerware that shine in hues of red and black. Using “Makie” technique, each piece is transformed by intricate, gold-laid patterns to create the luxe look and finish of Kanazawa lacquerware. Dive into the world of a master artisan as he creates a microcosm of designs even smaller than a single millimeter.
KAGA TAMARI -Traditional Weaving Techniques Passed Down from Generations of Mothers and Daughters-
Temari, a mother’s wedding wish for her daughter’s happiness, wrapped up in a ball of silk. It is created with an array of intertwining designs, lavish beauty, and adorable charm, and is also beloved as a form of interior decoration.