- It is only 1/10,000 mm thick. Kanazawa accounts for 99% of the national production of gold leaf, which is indispensable for lacquer art and Buddhist altar fittings production. A piece of gold that is half the size of a 10 yen coin is extended to the size of a tatami mat. You can imagine how thin it would be. Gold leaf is still produced by craftsmen by hand.
- Inheriting the foil technique in Kanazawa, the store Hakuichi has been creating modern foil crafts that can be used in daily life. That long-established store has now produced the concept shop “Kanazawa Bikazari Asano” in a corner of Higashi Chaya District. You can experience foil pasting on the second floor of the building.
- The Master Course takes about 40 minutes. Stickers inspired by Kanazawa’s famous spots and lucky charms such as Kenrokuen’s “Kotoji Lantern” are put on handicraft items such as accessory cases and compact hand mirrors, and you can enjoy pasting foil using specially processed gold leaf sheet.
- The completed original work can be taken home on the day, so it would be perfect for a travel souvenir.
- Through the lattice of the tasteful town house you can see the glossy black tile roofs and the snow-covered landscape. You can experience the essence of manufacturing while soaking in the beauty of Kanazawa’s unique landscape.
Kanazawa Bikazari Asano
Address：1-8-3, Higashiyama Kanazawa-shi
Hours：9:00-18:00(check in time of experience foil pasting :10:00-15:00)