Fish Market in Kanazawa City! It is said that Kanazawa People has used this market since old Japanese period. And I can say this place has become famous that invites tourists around.

Fish Market in Kanazawa City! It is said that Kanazawa People has used this market since old Japanese period. And I can say this place has become famous that invites tourists around.

Let’s continue the story of last post. Have I told you more clearly that I was going to Japan for studying Quantum Monte Carlo simulation using CASINO program developed by Prof. Neils’s team under Maezono-sensei’s group? We managed to have a small excursion to Kanazawa City (still in Ishikawa Perfecture) on Wednesday 21th February. It was snowing rather heavily that day, we took local train from Tsurugi to Nomachi and met Matsuoka-san our guide from “Eye on Kanazawa” volunteer. He was so kind, and I might guess he was an English teacher before retirement. We visited Fish Market, Kanazawa (legendary[?]) market – yes – full of fresh fish products and pretty clean (compared to my country). The stalls were arranged neatly and the road was quite wide. It was bustling in the morning. Salmon, tuna, delicious green tea (yeah, I’m tea freak and it IS really delicious), fish-supermarket, squids, crabs, huge crabs, pretty huge crabs, super-duper-mega-bummer-huge-large crabs, octopus, taiyaki, strawberries, cabbages, lettuce – everything.

Kanazawa City. You can see tall buildings and hotels in the center of the city, but since Kanazawa is known as old town, you can always see the sky.

Kanazawa City. You can see tall buildings and hotels in the center of the city, but since Kanazawa is known as old town, you can always see the sky.

A brief explanation about Kanazawa, perhaps? It was located in the main island of Japan, don’t search it in east coast okay. It’s near South Korea, almost by the sea is Ishikawa perfecture. Sensei said that western Japanese’s dishes are more savory, and Ishikawa might be the coldest perfecture in main island. The temperature ranged about -3 to 4 degree Celcius when I visited Japan, and the snow was 20cm thick in the mountain. Ishikawa (石川) used 石 -ishi “stone” kanji and 川 -kawa- “river” kanji, means ‘the river on the right side’. Kanazawa (金沢) means golden (金) river (沢). The city is very famous of its GOLD. GOLD.LITERALLY. They have a traditional art called “golden leaf”, that is to decorate (almost everything, because I saw a rock was decorated with golden leaf too), including facial treatment for women, tea (you can buy some kind of pollen[?] golden decor to be put in your tea for tea ceremony) and cake (I bought one for my Professor). The price wasn’t that expensive, so try it.

It was once an old town beside Kyoto, you can visit traditional old street, Japanese mansions, samurai residence, attending tea ceremony, and everything. After we visit fish market and had lunch, we went to Geisha Street before enjoying White Kenrokuen Garden. Geisha street was a street of old times. It was full of old buildings, geisha residence, and a shrine. There were only two of six geisha [cafe? what is it called?] opened for public, almost all of them were closed. Some of them were transformed into souvenir shops, and the other restaurants. There was a small shrine inside the street, I had opportunity to draw a fortune-telling letter for 5 JPY. Matsuoka-san translated it to me, and all I could remember it was said I shouldn’t hurry in my journey ha! I tied it on the wood and… uh…. (yea, when I tried to tie it properly I tore it and got panic afterward)

and I couldn’t describe it by words only. Just see.

A shrine in Geisha Street, Kanazawa. Sorry, Chun Li, I couldn't find better picture...

A shrine in Geisha Street, Kanazawa. Sorry, Chun Li, I couldn’t find better picture…

Geisha street! One of the old street beside samurai residence.

Geisha street! One of the old street beside samurai residence.

Kanazawa Bus Station, we went to Kenrokuen Garden by "Kanazawa Loop Bus" from here

Kanazawa Bus Station, we went to Kenrokuen Garden by “Kanazawa Loop Bus” from here, but Kenrokuen pictures will be uploaded later – since it was too many

Bus is everything in Japan, even more so in Kanazawa. There is a giant bus station in Kanazawa, and you can easily see the gate like picture above. The pillar resembled TAIKO, Japanese drum for festival, and looked like a gate to the temple or shrine. We went to Kenrokuen Garden by Kanazawa Loop Bus from this station, but I have to split Kenrokuen pictures for next time.

Hanamatsuri Dolls for sale in Kanazawa Daiwa Department Store. I want to faint seeing the price.

Hanamatsuri Dolls for sale in Kanazawa Daiwa Department Store. I want to faint seeing the price.

It was too early for hanamatsuri, or doll festival. There was one full beautiful hanamatsuri doll in Serai, in the previous post, but this picture was taken in department store in Kanazawa. Expensive as ever. But beautiful as beast. Hanamatsuri was at March, I guess the children also dressed up as princess / prince in beautiful kimono too that day. How I want to see Kabuki and Sumo-Wrestling…

Again, beloved institute, JAIST - Japanese Advanced Institute of Science and Technology from 5th Floor

Again, beloved institute, JAIST – Japanese Advanced Institute of Science and Technology from 5th Floor

JAIST campus, first floor.

JAIST campus, first floor.

From さらい's first bedroom. It was like a painting outside, with window as frame

From さらい’s first bedroom. It was like a painting outside, with window as frame

さらい's parking lot, snowing. How I love snow. Not only because there is no snow in my country (if it is, it's doomsday already)

さらい’s parking lot, snowing. How I love snow. Not only because there is no snow in my country (if it is, it’s doomsday already)

Those were all, I think, taken by usual Nokia N8 camera which served me for 5 days as personal pocket camera. Serai (GuestHouse) was nice, comfortable, friendly, and beautiful (guesthouse?) with Japanese style bedroom. And public bath. I couldn’t forget it, I don’t want to forget all the experience I’ve got there these 5 days including strangers who turned to best friends from South Korea – Taiwan – Thailand – Cameroon – Iran and Japan. Oh, and Kenya.

We promised we have to visit Kenya before we die.

And oh, here is a bonus picture when we went karaoke in Kanazawa along with our new friends.

Bonus Picture

Just imagine. Just imagine. Sing FLY ME TO THE MOON with Evangelion EVA01-berserk-scene-who-massacred-gobbled-an-angel-horrendously when the lyric “I love you” appear on the screen.

Horror. My stomach hurts for laughing too hard. Last, but not least (since I have to show you the true beauty of Kanazawa in the next post tomorrow), here are astronautic pictures of earth. No. I mean. Cloud photography taken from Korean Airlines — from plane.

Depart from Komatsu Airport Ishikawa, Japan to Incheon Airport Seoul, North Korea. I thought I was flying in someone's rocket...

Depart from Komatsu Airport Ishikawa, Japan to Incheon Airport Seoul, North Korea. I thought I was flying in someone’s rocket…

The cloud was like... cotton..

The cloud was like cotton candy..

In Indonesia, that "line" separates sky and earth is called "CAKRAWALA"

In Indonesia, that “line” separates sky and earth is called “CAKRAWALA”

Fly Me to The Moon? All I did in the plane was watching Sherlock Holmes BBC for free (Study in /it has to be scarlet but/ Pink and The Hound of Baskerville)

Fly Me to The Moon? All I did in the plane was watching Sherlock Holmes BBC for free (Study in /it has to be scarlet but/ Pink and The Hound of Baskerville)

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