The day before we were suppose to arrive in Tokyo we were told by the captain of the ship that a typhoon was heading straight for Tokyo and that we would be right in the eye of the storm if we stayed on course. The typhoon was a category 3 turning into a 4 and that we would be avoiding it and so we wouldn’t be going to Tokyo but to two other ports which would be a first for our ship.
The first stop was a city of about one million people called Kanazawa. (Who the hell ever heard of Kanazawa????) But we docked at 8am and had a shuttle that took us to the train station where we took a “loop” bus or trolley around the downtown.
Yes, it was pouring.. not raining but it turned out to be one of the nicest days ever.
This is one town I wish we had more time to spend in.
There is a castle and gardens in the center of town and a ton of museums, including The 21st Century Museum, a Japanese Traditional Crafts Museum and The Gold-leaf Museum.
Kanazawa produces 98% of the Gold-leaf in the entire world. Our first stop was the museum for Gold-leaf. It was fantastic.
The Japanese has such a discerning eye for esthetics, design and form. I am so bowled over by the incredible style.
After we walked over to the Gardens by the Castle in the pouring rain.. and I mean pouring rain!! We found that the Castle wasn’t worth the visit and we headed to the Traditional Craft Museum, grabbing a snack along the way.
The snack was really good, it was grilled tofu, filled with warm sushi rice and veggies.
I could talk forever about the art, design and craftsmanship, but pictures speak a thousand words.
Unfortunately, we had to get back to the ship by 4:30. We would have spent way more time walking down the little streets full of fascinating shops and restaurants.
Smoking chamber (there are smoking areas all over the town)
Japan Vending Machines
Interior of the train station
Kids mucking around outside of the station
The TRAIN STATION Entrance
Things we saw during our bus ride around the town called the “Loop Bus”
See the SAKE BARRELS?
The Gold Leaf Museum
Dining Room Set only $15,000
Temple Gate – The white hanging garlands are Origami Cranes
More from the Gold Leaf Museum
On the bus to the Castle and Gardens.
Wearing a Kimono in the pouring rain?
Walking up the road from the bus stop to the Gardens. This was my snack. YUM!
The entrance to the Castle and Gardens
In the pouring rain actually cutting the grass one blade at a time? Or pulling weeds?
The Traditional Craft Museum
Next two pictures are together. It explains how they made stencils for fabric
Famous dolls (our next stop is the main manufactures of these dolls)
An altar of gold and black lacquer
The café at the museum. Such a simple center piece that is so esticatly pleasing
The two pictures below explain what the seat in the toilet stall says. I am sure you can figure it out.
Artist at work.
He is working on a needlepoint canvas.
On our way back to the ship.
Walking through the Gardens again. All these gardeners are volunteers and I even heard they clean each and every rock in the garden.
Do you see the bark on the small trees in the lake? The trunk of the trees were supported with bamboo poles.
View of the city from the gardens