Feel nostalgic for Samurai life!
Published: January 31, 2011
Even though the old class system was done away with a long time ago, you can feel nostalgia for Samurai life here in Kanazawa. Just behind the Kohrinbo shopping area, the old Samurai residence is quiet and unassuming.
Once upon a time, both high ranked and low Samurai families used to live in this district. So-called as the “Maeda Hatka (the eight loyal retainers for Lord Maeda”, members such as the Okumura family, the Hondas, the Murais, etc., also had their magnificent houses there. The district name, Naga-Machi was named after one of the families, the Naga family. Most of the original buildings are gone, but those with mud walls are well preserved along the Ohno canal still to this day. However, they are now all private houses, so you can’t observe the inside of the houses. Only the Nomura family’s house is open to the public, but you can have a cup of Matcha green tea when you visit there.
Oh, I recommend that you visit the old Samurai residence in winter! Why? Because putting straw mats on the mud walls also speaks eloquently of winter in Kanazawa. It’s used for protection from freezing, called “Komo-Kake”. Everybody needs a “coat” in winter, right? As we see this unique style, we feel that winter has come!
Speaking of which, I used to live in a small apartment right in this district. It’s a quiet area and has tons of narrow streets, making a maze.. I remember it was so nice to walk through the alleys on my way to work in the morning. No vehicles, just a few people walking about.
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