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...

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...

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...

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...