I am very pleased to announce the opening of Kanazawa Higashiyama Shitsurae, a gallery that presents the traditional crafts of Kanazawa under a new light.
This building is referred to as former Moroeya. It was originally two separate buildings called Yoshimojiya Iso and Etchuya Matakichi, which were later joined together. Subsequently, it became a place of Chaya culture called Hotaruya; it is a time-honored place that is in a well-known story. Fortunately, the Higashi Chaya District, which is an important traditional building preservation area, was blessed with this structure, which will be passed from generation to generation as a place where new stories will unfold. With this in mind, we thought about how best to use the building in order to please the local residents.
Higashiyama is a source of vibrant culture related to the performing arts that have developed along with the history of Kanazawa; it is a place that allows many people to discover the traditional techniques of Ishikawa Prefecture. My unveiling of Kanazawa Higashiyama Shitsurae is the result of a dream I had to work in the field of crafts, making use of the connections I have with outstanding artists.
This gallery reflects my passion for crafts. I hope that you will enjoy discovering the wonderful works of Kanazawa artisans.