Kimonos Have a Certain Beauty
Hi everyone! My name is Sophie Bocklandt and I’m from Belgium. I’m working in Kanazawa as a CIR (Coordinator for International Relations). One of my main duties is to maintain contact between Kanazawa and its sister cities of Ghent (Belgium) and Nancy (France). Of course, there is more to life than just work! Life in Kanazawa is a perfect mix of traditional and modern—I can’t ask for more then that! Today I’ll show you around two charming districts, Kazue-Machi and Higashi Chaya. This is my day off and I wore a kimono to make the experience more authentic! If you want to enjoy your time to the fullest, I recommend renting a kimono as outlined to the right. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!
Kazue-Machi Chaya District
Kazue-Machi is a quaint and quiet geisha district along the bank of the Asano-Gawa River, ideal for peaceful strolls. Its traditional restaurants are steeped in Kanazawa flavor. Don’t miss the view of the river from the old wooden footbridge (Naka-no Hashi). Hidden away from the main street you can find Kuragari-Zaka, a narrow staircase cast in perpetual shade. This spot is off the radar for many tourists. In fact, this is my first time here! The kimono and the scenery complement each other well, don’t you think?
Higashi Chaya District
With its elegant atmosphere, Higashi Chaya is the most famous of Kanazawa’s three geisha districts. The street is lined with beautiful old houses and sightseers. Some old houses have been renovated as teashops, so just pop in! After enjoying a cup of green tea and a Japanese sweet (Kanazawa is known for its wide variety of sweets), step out into the narrow streets and take in the nostalgic atmosphere of the traditional cityscape. Today I bought myself a lovely Tenugui (traditional hand towel) at a souvenir shop. Tenugui are the current trend amongst Japanese girls. I’m sure your friends back home would love them too! There’s so much to see and do but I don’t want to spoil everything. Come and experience it for yourself!