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Hirosaka Art Street

Lined with various traditional craft shops and smart modern galleries, the Hirosaka shopping street between Kenroku-en and Korinbo is nicknamed the “Art Street”. Drop in at some the shops on the street for some memorable and unique souvenirs.

At the left corner across the road from the entrance of the Kenroku-en Garden, you’ll find Imai Kinpaku. Kinpaku means ‘gold leaf’ and Kanazawa is the only major center of gold leaf production in Japan. Imai sells a diverse selection of gold leaf products such as  accessories, glassware, cosmetics, and even edible gold leaf.

Hokusando, a kutani ceramic specialty shop, is two doors down from Imai Kinpaku. The first kutani kilns were built in the mid-1600s in Ishikawa but they abruptly fell out of use in 1710. About 100 years later, the kilns were reopened and run by the Kaga clan. Since then, various styles of kutani have emerged. Hokusando exhibits and sells a variety of kutani ceramic ware, from the masterpieces of top-class craftsmen to affordable goods for daily life.

Conveniently situated next to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Craft Hirosaka sells rare traditional handicrafts with modern tastes. Small items like feather accessories mirroring the techniques used to make Kaga fishing flies or small pouches with delicate Kaga-nui embroidery would make fine souvenirs.

If you are interested in sado (Japanese tea ceremony), be sure to stop by Nosaku, a long-established lacquer ware shop. Lacquer ware is associated with sado since many sado utensils such as tea caddies and trays have lacquer finishes. Nosaku also sells informal lacquer ware such as chopsticks or small boxes. They run a cafe on the 4th floor which offers lovely view as well as Japanese sweets and green tea.

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