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Unique arts and culture from Kanazawa, small Kyoto

Ishikawa prefecture is located in Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa is called small Kyoto due to its preservation of traditional Japanese houses.

The Maeda clan that ruled Ishikawa in Edo period encouraged arts and culture, thus Ishikawa has developed unique local products. 

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Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa prefecture, was reigned by the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan after Tokugawa, which led the Edo era.


With that background and its isolated location far from Kyoto and Tokyo, Kanazawa developed its own culture and a way of life. Kenrokuen in Kanazawa is known as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. 

Kabura sushi - malted rice and salted yellowtail wrapped with pickled turnip
Kaga cuisine - various local dishes of seafoods and mountain products locally grown in Ishikawa
Shio yakisoba - salt chow mein with local vegetables in Komatsu city

Mizuhiki is a decorative cord used for tying around a gift wrapped in beautiful paper.


Ishikawa was called Kaga in the past and Kaga Mizuhiki is a local product in Ishikawa.


Wajima lacquer is known as a high quality utility lacquer. Its technique was established in late 17th century. It was sold to other regions of Japan through sea and road transportation.

Kutani Ware is a type of pottery made around Kaga area. Kutani Ware is characterized by gorgeous and vivid design.


Veggie tofu nuggets

Habutae Tofu Co., Ltd.

Healthy tofu balls - gluten free, vegan friendly and no-MSG

Vegan tofu nuggets were invented for health conscious people by a long running established tofu company. It is a round tofu ball that has edamame or lotus roots inside. It is great for anyone as it is gluten-free, vegan friendly and no-MSG. It can be used for any kinds of dishes such as soup, topping for noodles, and stir fried dishes.


Yonezawa Tea House

Traditional tea unique to Kanazawa

Yonezawa tea house is one of the traditional tea shops in Kanazawa founded in 1875.


Drinking Boucha, roasted green tea, is a tradition unique to Kanazawa. “Boucha” literally means “stick tea” in Japanese, as it uses only tea stalks which are similar in appearance to sticks. Anyone, including seniors, babies, and pregnant women, can enjoy Boucha as it contains less tannin and very little caffeine. Due to its aromatic effect, Boucha is good for relaxation.