Gold leaf application - a must-try when you come to Kanazawa!
Kanazawa boasts a 99% share of Japan's gold leaf production. Gold leaf is used not only for decoration such as at the famous Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, but now also in cooking and sweets. Soft-serve ice cream wrapped in a whole sheet of gold leaf is unique to Kanazawa. There are several specialty stores in Kanazawa where you can experience gold leaf application, with various plans allowing you to experience it in a short time at a reasonable price. You can apply gold leaf to items such as small plates, accessory cases, hand mirrors, and chopsticks. It's very popular with people who want to create something as a Kanazawa memento!
What's gold leaf, exactly? What can I experience ?
Kanazawa's environment is suited to making gold leaf, and it has flourished here since the Edo period. Gold leaf manufacturing is also important for the restoration of national treasures and important cultural properties, and Kanazawa's expertise in this field is world-class.
Depending on the store, there are various items that can be produced and techniques that can be experienced. You can choose a workshop based on what you want to make, your budget and the time required. Most of the items can be made and taken home immediately. Buying various gold leaf and silver leaf products available at the many stores and learning about gold leaf through experiences are also popular.
Gold leaf application is a very delicate process. Many people say the moment when applying the gold leaf while holding their breath and heart pounding is exhilarating!
If you want to learn more about Kanazawa gold leaf, please visit Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum near Higashi Chaya District.