2012年10月23日

There is "Nagamachi-bukeyashiki-ato", remains of a samurai's residential district, in the heart of Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture.

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Within walking distance of "Korinbo", leading busy streets of Kanazawa, an old residential area dating back to the Edo era from the 17th to 19th century unexpectedly appears. You will feel as if you were a time-traveler in the feudal days. As shown in the first picture, the yellow earthen walls with shingle or tile roofs will remind you of the times when many samurai warriors came and went.
The second picture shows the old house of the "Nomura" family, that is the only one old house opened to the public in this district. Befitting to the house of "samurai", it is characterized by simplicity. However if you watch the details carefully, the elaborate and reserved decorations can be found everywhere. The Japanese garden of this house, although small scale, has a two-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, as well as gets the third rank in a specialist magazine from the US.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 14:41 | Nagoya and the central districts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2012年10月22日

"Yugao-tei" tea house is the oldest building in "Kenroku-en" garden in Kanazawa.

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"Yugao-tei" tea house in the first picture, standing by "Hisago-ike" pond in "Kenroku-en" garden, was built in 1774. It was originally standing on a small island in the pond, however it is now found near the pond, because a part of the pond was reclaimed together with the small island and the tea house on it.
The name of "Yugao-tei" comes from the openwork, whose subject matter is "Yugao" flowered gourd, in the tea house.
It is said that this tea house was loved by "Furuta Oribe", a well known tea master in the 16th century and one of the most distinguished followers of "Sen-no-Rikyu".
A washbowl as shown in the second picture is "Takene-ishi-chozubachi" found at the entrance of "Yugao-tei". This long name can be literally translated into a washbowl of fossil bamboo rod, however it actually is a member of the fossil palm family. Different from other washbowls for a tea ceremony, in most cases they are made of carved stone or wood, this washbowl is almost intact and is appealing refined sensibility.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 14:50 | Nagoya and the central districts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2012年10月21日

"Kenroku-en" garden in Kanazawa City is renowned across Japan as one of the three greatest Japanese gardens together with "Koraku-en" and "Kairaku-en".

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"Kenroku-en", a style of Japanese garden with a path around a central pond, is derived from an old garden annexed to Kanazawa Castle built by "Kaga-han" fief in the 17th century. Repeated improvements had been added on it by the successive feudal lords to complete today's aspect and its name "Kenroku-en" was fixed early in the 19th century.
The selling points of this garden are an excellent view with gentle rise and fall and beautiful snow scenes in winter. The picture shows "Kasumi-ga-ike" pond located at the top of the garden, that is the main attraction of this garden.
In this connection, the name of "Kanazawa" which literally means a golden stream stems from a stream "Kinjo-reitaku" divine stream of gold in this garden.
This garden had long been exclusive for the "Maeda" family as its private garden, however it has been opened to the public since 1874.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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