[The Golden Pavillion - Kinkakuji]
[A girl runs upstairs in Kenroku-en]
[Workers tend to the flower fields in Kenroku-en]
[A woman works on the traditional Kanazawa gold leaf]
[Three young women walk up the steps to a shrine]
[Solitude in the D.T. Suzuki Museum]
[Two tourists clad in Kimonos strut around Kanazawa Castle Park]
[A small fountain that is frequently found in Japanese temples/shrines]
[School children en route]
[More kimono-clad tourists in Kanazawa Castle Park]
[Small ornament-like pieces that people can write prayers on outside a shrine in Kanazawa]
[Women laugh as they observe the giant fish in Kenroku-en garden]
[A couple strolls the streets of Kanazawa in traditional Japanese clothing]
Just a couple of days after our arrival in Tokyo, aka 48 hours spent adjusting to the haziness of our jet lag, we began our trip in what I would call the "quaint" city of Kanazawa. In comparison to the other cities we visited, Kanazawa had more of a residential feel to it, while still having plenty of cars, tourists, and sights to see. One of the highlights of my time in Kanzawa was the famous Kenroku-en Garden, which was filled with photogenic scenes of flowers and bridges everywhere you turned. When we weren't in the garden photographing, we were promenading the stone streets, which boast unique wooden architecture. Something I enjoyed about Kanazawa was that, whether you were in a garden or just in the streets, you could always see nature, close or far in proximity, with the mountains along the horizon. Reflecting upon the entire trip, I realize how surprised I was by how plentiful in nature Japan is, especially in its major, insanely busy cities.
In addition to the nature and city scenes, Kanazawa also gave us our first taste of the distinct Japanese culture, kickstarting what I'll call our "Japan food tour", with Miyajima featuring my favorite dessert (more on that in a future post!). We learned from our guide that different cities tend to have their own unique product, food, or craft, and Kanazawa has its gold-leaf, which can be found on desserts, in body lotion/face masks, and on different crafts, like small boxes and jewelry. While I can confirm that we bought too many souvenirs to be proud of throughout the whole trip, even just peeking into gift shops around Japan revealed noteworthy historic elements to us, the outsider tourists.
Keep checking this space for more Japan photo posts, organized by city! My favorite shots will be featured very soon over on my portfolio, Isabelle Nazha Photo.