TAG Ishikawa prefecture

My short trip to Hokuriku! Kenroku-en, one of the three great gardens in Japan

There are three traditional gardens which are called “the three great gardens in Japan.” Kairaku-en in Ibaraki, Kouraku-en in Okayama, and Kenroku-en in Kanazawa. It’s a mystery that there’s no record why those three were chosen from many Japanese traditional gardens. However, there are some common things among the three gardens. (1) All of three…

Kanazawa city and gold leaf

金沢市(Kanazawa-city) is the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. 金 means gold, and 沢 means dale/marsh. It is said that the name, 金沢(Kanazawa), came from the legend of the peasant 芋掘り藤五郎(Potato-digger,Togoto) found small flakes of gold when he was washing yam-potatoes in a dale. After that, the place was called the dale of washing gold,…

‘Omiyage’ in Kanazawa

What is お土産(omiyage) in the first place? I’d like to write what お土産(omiyage) is before I tell you about omiyage in Kanazawa. I think it is one of Japanese cultures that people buy some souvenirs for their family, friends or co-workers when they go on a trip. When I take a vacation and go on…

My short trip to Hokuriku! A special beach you can drive on?!

千里浜なぎさドライブウェイ(Chirihama nagisa driveway) is a only place in Japan that people can drive along the beach. According to Wikipedia, there are three beaches that people can drive in the world including Chirihama nagisa driveway. The other two are Daytona Beach in the US and 90 mile Beach(Waitarere Beach) in New Zealand. Chirihama nagisa driveway is…