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Arts & Museums
The collection is housed in a dignified red brick Western-style building that dates back to 1891. It was formerly the Fourth National High School's library. Documents, works and other material relating to Kanazawa's favorite son's, Shusei Tokuda, Kyoka Izumi and Susei Tokuda are preserved and displayed here. Note the replica of Saisei's study on the second floor. There is also material on view concerning Yasushi Inoue, Shigeharu Nakano and Tatsuji Miyoshi, who had strong Ishikawa connections.
Dedicated to furthering and encouraging 21st Century artwork, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the most important focal points of visit for all art lovers. The museum is spread over a vast expanse and has several unique exhibits to check out. Check out the wonderful interactive display called the "swimming pool" which epitomizes the kind of art presented here. The timings of the museum and the cafe in it vary according to different displays, so check the website before you plan a tour.
The museum is just south of the Kenrokuen Garden, next door to the Noh Theater. The Honda Clan were prominent Maeda minister' advisors and this museum has a collection of more than 1,000 items related to them. Highly acclaimed is the Murasame Tea Jar, commonly called The Tea Jar of 50,000 Goku. Masahige Honda received it from Toshiie Maeda. Other items on view include calligraphy, art works, armor, paintings and ceramics.
Formerly an army depot and then the Kanazawa College of Art, the prefecture has named the red brick building a cultural asset. The attractive displays include historical videos, customs of the Japan Sea Coast region, historical material and documents, as well as excavated haniwa clay figures. Note that there are some interesting hands-on interactive exhibits. There is a replica to scale of a daimyo procession to Edo, a nostalgic reminder of feudal days.
Featured at this museum housed in a Japanese-style building is the Kutani ceramic section. One room is reserved for the museum's national treasure, an incense burner in the shape of a pheasant by Nonomura Ninsei, given by the Yamakawa Fine Arts Foundation. Another room holds treasures from the Maeda clan. The permanent collection of more than 1,000 pieces also includes paintings, lacquer, textiles, armor and screens. The museum is a venue for periodic visiting shows of both Western and Japanese artists.
»Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts (Ishikawa-kenritsu Dento Sangyo Kogeikan)
Housing a massive collection of traditional art, handicrafts and other such local products Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts (Ishikawa-kenritsu Dento Sangyo Kogeikan) is the perfect place to understand the culture and art work of the city. The two storey museum can also be rented for events and activities.
The artisan of gold leaf, Koumei Yasu established this tiny museum. Note that during the Edo period gold leaf was a major Kanazawa export and in fact today still 90% of the domestic product comes from here. The special process to beat gold leaf is shown with various displays. The museum's collection includes Buddhist altars, ceramics, lacquer and screens, all either embellished with the gold leaf or gold dust (maki-e, the sprinkling on lacquer ware from Kaga.