Make Question Marks
on the Backstreets!
There are many mysterious items lurking about,
some of which even Kanazawa folks may have never known.
Although not all local people can describe what they are,
the actual stories behind them are quite interesting.
on the street?
When you walk along the mud-wall street in the samurai district, you may notice a stone at key points. It’s a stone called ‘goppo-ishi’ for removing snow stuck in Japanese wooden clogs. People used to knock the snow off their clogs before visiting someone’s house so as not drip onto the porch.
Hanging Under The Eaves?
When you are strolling through the Higashi Chayagai district, you might notice ears of corn hanging in front of the buildings. It’s an amulet to protect their loved ones from evil. Why corn? It’s said that the rows of kernels symbolize a long family lineage, and the corn silk attracts good business and drives away misfortune.
Why is the gable in the shape of fish?
Basic Knowledge Before
You Learn The Way of Tea
When tea was first imported from China, it was taken as a medicine
in Japan. In the following era, it spread as a beverage before finally
becoming a sort of accomplishment to learn for samurai and people
of the merchant class. There are various schools of the Japanese
tea ceremony that follow their own distinct patterns and rituals.
It’s a Japanese idiom comes from The Way of Tea. It describes the cultural concept of treasuring each moment with those around you. Every moment is different, an opportunity to meet that will never happen again. This also means that all of the moments in one’s lifetime are precious. The term ‘ichigo-ichie’ suggests we should cherish any gathering at a tea ceremony we may take part in. These are the most prominent words left to us by the great tea master Sen-no Rikyu.
What are ‘Wabi’ and ‘Sabi’?
Why are they rubbing tools all the time?
What is taboo at the tea ceremony?
Higashiyama walking tour
with a licensed English-speaking guide
Twilight Walking Tour
Experience Japanese culture by strolling down
unknown back streets on this peaceful twilight walk!
May. 9(Mon) ⁄ 12(Thu) ⁄ 16(Mon) ⁄ 19(Thu) ⁄ 23(Mon) ⁄ 26(Thu) ⁄ 30(Mon) ⁄ Jun. 2(Thu) ⁄ 6(Mon) ⁄ 9(Thu), 2016
at 17:30, and ends at 19:00.
(reception from 17:15)
Reservations not required!
Higashi Chayagai district
¥2,000 (per person (Adult) / Tax included / Credit card: Visa, Master, and Amex cards are accepted.)
•Insurance not included
Capacity: 15 persons
*The course of this tour includes lots of slopes and stairs. Some of the roads on the course are very slippery. Please join the tour with shoes and clothes suited for a walk in case.
Learning the Way of Tea samurai-style in English
in front of the castle
Samurai Tea Ceremony
with Castle View
An Enshu School tea master will show you
the Way of Tea samurai-style in English.
May. 10(Tue) ⁄ 17(Tue) ⁄ 24(Tue) ⁄ 31(Tue) ⁄ Jun. 7(Tue), 2016
at 15:00~15:50 (reception from 14:45)
16:00~16:50 (reception from 15:45)
Chaya Kenjotei “茶屋 見城亭”
¥2,500 (per person (Adult) / Tax included / Credit card: Visa, Master, and Amex cards are accepted.)
• Reservations not required • Insurance not included
Instructor: Soumin Sakai (Master of Enshu School)
Souyu Takahashi (Master of Enshu School)
Inquiry: Direct Call 090-2832-5175
(English spoken / Monday-Friday / 9:30-17:30)
Under the auspice
of Kanazawa Ryokan & Hotel Cooperative Association