Kanazawa, Not Just the Geisha District
For travelers visiting Japan, Kanazawa City might not be the favorite choice for a tourist visit. Not many people know where Kanazawa City is. However, actually Kanazawa City has a long and interesting history to tell.
Kanazawa in the past
In the Edo period, Kanazawa City was the seat of the Maeda (family) clan, the second strongest clan after the Tokugawa. At that time, Kanazawa was a strong region in agriculture and rice production.
The strong nuances of past history in Kanazawa City can be seen from the many relics of historical buildings. These buildings such as several castle buildings and various districts known as the samurai district and the night entertainment district which is still well maintained until now.
Judging from the appearance, cities in Japan generally have the same characteristics. Sometimes, many people do not see the fundamental difference between these cities. Because they are almost all similar. However, if we look at it in detail, each city has its own unique story and story. This can only be seen when we trace its historic buildings.
The three most important cities in Japanese history are Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kanazawa. During World War II, Kanazawa City was the second city in Japan (after Kyoto) that was not bombed by allied troops. At that time, a US general who understood the culture and historic buildings ordered that allied forces did not drop bombs on the city. As a result, various areas of the old city in Kanazawa City are still maintained their authenticity.
Namagachi District, Home of Samurai descendants
There is one district that has various ancient buildings, Namagachi district, which is currently still inhabited by residents who are believed to be part of Japanese society as descendants of the samurai.
Namagachi samurai district has traditional Japanese houses, that are dominated by wooden buildings and paving streets that depict a very beautiful and beautiful old-time atmosphere.