Area Size: 468.64km²
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Designation: 8th June 2009
Kanazawa is a city surrounded by nature in the center of Ishikawa prefecture. Mountainious areas, the sea, clean water and greenery are never far away. Many parts of its historical cityscape remains to this day; such as the temple district, the tea-house districts, the old castle structures with its moat and canal networks.
The castle town Kanazawa has been spared from war and natural disasters since it was established 430 years ago. Its history, culture and have notably been influenced by the presence of the samurai and their lifestyle. The artisan mindset continuously encourages innovations of traditional crafts while actively promoting new industries to create high-value products in various fields. The presence of numerous artisan workshops in the midst of its traditional cityscape characterizes Kanazawa as a City of Crafts. Craftwork continues to play an important part of the city’s daily life and its traditional lifestyle.
This symbol represents hands that transmit Kanazawa’s unique creative spirit into craftwork and discerning eyes can recognize well made works.
As the result of a naming competition, the symbol has been dubbed TETOMEDES (meaning “These are hands and eyes” in Japanese)
The distinctively roundly-shaped museum houses contemporary art in the center of the city since its opening in 2004.
The museum actively collects modern art craftwork. It is a base for creating and spreading modern culture coming from tradition. Over 1.5 million people visit the museum every year.
The Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo was built in 1989 to commemorate the municipality’s 100th anniversary.
The facility trains young craftsmen and women for three years in the fields of ceramics, lacquerware, fabric dying, metalwork or glasswork.
Students are supported to establish craft shops or studios around the city upon completion of their programme. Trainees from abroad have been enrolled in the programme as well.
In 1996, a cluster of former storehouses for cotton mills was transformed into the Kanazawa Citizens’ Art Center.
Studios for art, drama, multimedia and music were established. The studios can be used freely by the citizens for their artistic activities. The center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Kanazawa Citizen’s Art Center was established in 1996 in order to ensure that advanced craft skills are passed down. It offers courses designed to teach fundamental skills to mid-level workers in nine different fields: carpentry, masonry, plastering, roofing, landscape gardening, tatami-making, metalwork and furniture-making.
In 1999, a new non-degree course in renovation was established to add to the skills of the students, who have gone on to renovate merchant homes, tearooms and samurai residences in the city.
Kanazawa College of Art is a school dedicated to arts and crafts. It was built in 1946 under the motto of “contributing to the peace of humankind through creative beauty”. It provided a four-year college courses in 1955 with famous artists as professors, such as Sori Yanagi. The college went on to churn out numerous living national treasures and artists active at the forefront of their field.
After the establishment of the Research Institute of Art and Design, the college has cultivated talented artisans who maintain traditional art and develop new art in the fields of lacquerware, fabric dying, ceramics and metalwork. The college also cooperates with local manufacturing firms.