Traditional Culture in Kanazawa

Kaga Hosho Noh

Going to Kanazawa to Enjoy Noh Performance

In Kanazawa people often say “Noh chants fall from the sky”, which means even gardeners working at the top of trees casually sing Noh chants to themselves. It proves that not only samurai warriors and merchants but also the common people enjoyed Noh performance. The Kaga Hosho school of Noh is designated as an intangible cultural asset of Kanazawa. The art of Noh is recognized

Geisha in Kanazawa

Enjoy Geisha Performances to the fullest in the Higashi, Nishi and Kazue-machi chaya Districts

Characterized by their lattice windows, these lovely old wooden Geisha houses have been well preserved. Geishas in Kanazawa value their customs and ceremonies, handed down from generation to generation since the feudal era. Refined dance performances and the playing of various musical instruments have also

Koto・Sangen

Play a Japanese Musical Instrument

During the Edo period (1603-1867) samurai warriors’ wives and daughters would lean the Koto (Japanese zither) and Shamisen or Sangen (three strings) . Even today, quite a few women study these traditional musical instruments.
There are fewer and fewer artisans who practice koto-crafting as an art form, decorating it with the Makie or Raden (mother of pearl). Luckily there are still a

Tea Ceremony

Cha-no-yu (Chado) is considered to have started in the Muromachi period (1336-1573). During the Sengoku period (1467-1568), Chado was one of the necessary accomplishments of a samurai warrior. Tea ceremonies were utilized as a symbol of samurai warriors’ power and prestige. They also served as a place to entertain their guests. The first feudal lord, Maeda Toshiie, learned Chado from Sen-no-Rikyu, a great tea master, as well as Oda Urakusai, and helped develop Chado in the Kaga fiefdom. The third feudal lord, Maeda Toshitsune, invited