2012年10月24日

There are many old wooden houses in "chaya" style dating back to the Edo period from the 18th to 19th century in "Higashiyama Higashi", also known as "Higashi-chayagai,in Kanazawa City.

223.JPG

226.JPG

"Ochaya" or "chaya" means a traditional Japanese restaurant, where the guests enjoy lavish meals together with "geisha" or "geiko" in Kyoto, Kanazawa and its vicinity. In Tokyo and Eastern Japan, it is called "machiai".
The "Kaga" domain ruled by the "Maeda" family in the Edo period, which is one of the strongest feudal clans after the House of "Tokugawa-shogun", built several "chaya" districts in their castle town "Kanazawa".
The first picture shows the well preserved district, so-called "Higashi-chayagai".
Some one hundred wooden houses are standing roof by roof wrapped in the old atmosphere of the feudal days.
The second picture shows the "chaya" named "shima", which is designated as a national important cultural asset and is opened to the public. It is very interesting that its interior furnishings are colorful and showy as it is a place for the pleasure of eating and drinking with hostesses.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

HP-banner
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23日

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

写真 12-07-22 14 51 15.jpg

写真 12-07-22 15 06 34.jpg

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.

HP-banner
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.

217.JPG

215.JPG

"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.

HP-banner
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