The Art of Japan: Kanazawa is an English-language web magazine dedicated to the art and culture of Kanazawa. Kanazawa, the prefectural capital of Ishikawa, is the jewel in the crown of the Hokuriku region, which is home to a thriving culture of art and artisanal crafts (kôgei). The region blossomed under the reign of the Maeda daimyô, who actively worked to create a flourishing artistic culture still thriving today.
Kanazawa’s contemporary culture is incredibly dynamic, and the magazine covers the spectrum by profiling contemporary artists, craftspersons, and creators of fusion art and crafts. For the foodie, there is a gastronomy section covering nihonshu to Cook It Raw; for visitors to Kanazawa and Ishikawa, the magazine also covers information on art venues, area events and shun (seasonal) almanac. One of my favorite non-art articles so far has been our staff picks for Ishikawa’s best hanami spots.
There’s plenty more to explore on the site, and be sure to stay tuned for coverage of Art Crafting Toward the Future, a very exciting exhibition about exploring new possibilities in the media of traditional craft organized by the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
Those who would like to experience the art of Japan in person may be interested in AJK‘s sister company Discover Kanazawa, a travel concierge offering a variety of art-and-culture-based travel experiences.
We hope AJK and DK will be resources for students of art and culture, Japanese art enthusiasts, and anyone who would like to learn more about our fascinating region. For the latest updates and information, including behind-the-scenes photos, videos, and updates from our staff, follow us on Twitter (@ajkanazawa, @discoverkz), like us on Facebook (AJK, DK), or check out our Pinterest page.