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Dressing the Old Samurai Residences for Winter

As you may know, the Naga-machi Buke Yashiki district used to contain old samurai residences. Although most of the original buildings are gone, the alleys and ocher mud walls preserve the atmosphere of the old days.

For several days beginning on December 1 of every year, gardeners hang up finely-knitted straw mats called komo on the mud walls. This unique gardening work, called komo-kake, signals to the people in Kanazawa that winter has come.

Komo-kake is mainly done to protect the mud walls from freezing, but it also has the added effect of instilling this historical area with a romantic atmosphere. This is why locals would recommend you visit the Naga-machi Buke Yashiki district in the winter.

Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District