Try your hand at Chinkin-bori, a traditional technique of decorating lacquerware unique to Kanazawa, in which the surface of a lacquered product is carved with a sharp metallic pencil and the resulting pattern is embedded with gold leaf or gold powder. Kanazawa has been home to a wide variety of beautiful traditional arts and crafts since ancient times, and is also Japan’s leading producer of the gold leaf, a material commonly applied to these arts and crafts.
At Yunokuni no Mori, a traditional craft experience village about a 50-minute drive from Kanazawa City, you can try your hand at Chinkin-bori under the guidance of skilled artisan and create your very own original chopsticks and bowls. Yunokuni no Mori also offers other hands-on experiences in Japanese handicraft culture, including a gold leaf-pasting class where whole sheets of luxurious gold leaf are applied onto personalised products.
About 15 minutes by taxi from JR Kagaonsen Station
Na-3-3 Awazuonsen, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture
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