Original Programs Unique to Kanazawa
Japan has inherited traditional culture and customs that have been built up from generation to generation, cherishing what is used and then handing it down to the next generation. In Kanazawa, Noh theatre and the tea ceremony were encouraged by samurai and commoners during the Edo period, and this gave rise to world-renowned traditional crafts, furnishings, and artwork. At the same time, the skill and soul of many of these crafts have been passed down to this day, and we hope that you will experience their richness through traditional craft experience programs.
Kanazawa is a treasure trove of ingredients that are brought forth from its rich natural environment, including seafood from the Sea of Japan and vegetables from the Kaga area. Local cuisine from the Kaga area uses a variety of seasonal ingredients and is served in luxurious Kutani ware and Kanazawa lacquerware dishes. There are also abundant fermented foods to improve one's body, such as miso, soy sauce, and kabura sushi. Japan's wagashi confectionary culture has also taken root in Kanazawa, and so it is called "One of the Three Great Wagashi Confectionary Locations of Japan." Take this opportunity to learn about and enjoy Kanazawa's food culture while satisfying your heart and soul.
The Maeda family, who ruled Kanazawa during the Edo period, encouraged and promoted arts such as the tea ceremony and Noh theatre as pastimes for samurai and the general public. For this reason, the tea ceremony is still flourishing and there are many tea rooms and gardens. You can enjoy matcha green tea and wagashi confectionary made by craftsmen in historic spaces, and there is also a program to experience the kodo incense ceremony, which is one of Japan's three major performing arts. Use all five senses to heal your body.