Kanazawa’s New Cafe Kanazawa Shiturae Opens in Higashi Chayamachi District

01.August.2020 | SPOT

HAKUICHI has renovated and opened the new Kanazawa Shitsurae cafe in Higashi Chayamachi on July 23, 2020. Higashi Chayamachi was built 200 years ago to this year. With a desire for this renovated tea house to exist for the next 200 years, it has been renovated and opened as the new Kanazawa Shitsurae.

Kanazawa Shitsurae

Located in the district of Higashi Chayamachi, which has been around since the Edo Period, Kanazawa Shitsurae is a breathtaking tea house and cafe. Stood proud at the welcoming entrance is a mikaeri-yanagi, a type of willow that is seen as a symbol of Chayamachi. The building which is now Kanazawa Shitsurae was built 200 years ago and is officially registered as a listed building of Kanazawa to be preserved. The renovations it has undergone for the new opening include earthquake resistance to ensure it can be passed over to the next generation. Its interior design has also been revamped, with high quality traditional crafts showcased throughout.

Gallery Shop

Kanazawa Shitsurae will serve as a flagship location for HAKUICHI’s traditional Ishikawa Prefecture with its own gallery and shop. The items will be displayed like an art museum where pieces can’t be put into a showcase. It will feature a line-up of gorgeous works from people considered National Treasures, traditional artisans, and more.

 

Yanagi-an: The Cafe

The second floor area is home to Yanagi-an, a relaxing cafe which overlooks Chayamachi. Customers can enjoy a cup of matcha poured inside a traditional handicraft cup together with some Kanazawa-style confections, parfaits with seasonal fruits, and more.

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    Alien Artist

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    Cast: Kunihiko Watanabe, Yuuritsu Maruyama, Ryofu Karuma, Rui Kiriyama, Shigeo Osako, Jirou

     

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    TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa 



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    KAMU kk Courtesy of KAMU kanazaw

     


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    TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa 

     

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    16.November.2021 | BUSINESS / FASHION / FEATURES / SPOT

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    13.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    All-day restaurant FIVE – Grill & Lounge, located within the Hyatt Centric Kanazawa hotel, will begin serving up a selection of Halloween-inspired treats beginning October 1, including cake sets, parfaits, muffins, and various lunch and dinner items.

     

    Guests will also be able to enjoy some mischievous cocktails and mocktails inspired by witches and ghosts!

     

    Halloween Cake Set 

     

    Black Sesame Pudding

    Mummy Macaron

    Ghostly Mousse

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    Coffin Tart

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    Halloween Muffin Box

     

    Halloween Cocktails 

    Spooky Night

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    The Halloween Cake Set is filled with ghoulish treats, each one displaying incredible attention to detail. In the Halloween Parfait Set, guests can enjoy a tower of different sweets, including black currant and chocolate. Themed with creepy eyeball decorations throughout, it offers a variety of overlapping textures and tastes guests will want to savor until the last bite.

     

    When thinking of Halloween, the colors orange and purple instantly come to mind. For the Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course, the menu’s creators went with a more dark theme, envisioning a ghost appearing at any moment. The entire restaurant will be decorated in black and gray, creating a truly haunting dining experience.

     

    Don’t miss out on the Halloween Muffin Box, a set of mini-muffins made with fresh autumn ingredients, and offering a much cuter feel. Quantities are limited!

     

    The gin-based Spooky Night cocktail is refreshing, with a bold blue color and red-rim on the glass, sure to turn your mouth bright crimson. Hallo-Wine Sangria, house-made with autumn fruits, has a unique design, with a skeleton rising from the glass! For those wanting a mocktail, the I sWitch asks guests to pour the accompanying red syrup over the cotton candy, changing both the appearance and flavor of the drink as if by witchcraft!

     

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  • Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition Opens at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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    The Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition opened at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, on April 29. It was also announced that the Japanese illustrator is releasing the first artbook to compile all of his CD cover art on May 28, but the book can be bought early at the exhibition.

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  • KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021 to Showcase the Craftsmanship of Kanazawa

    26.April.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021 is set to be held at Hyatt Centric Kanazawa from November 26 to November 28. The event is also taking submissions for the exhibition gallery.

     

    Scenes from KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2019

    KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa is an annual art fair that has been held in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, since 2017, showcasing the best of the region’s craftsmanship. The event is taking submissions from both young up-and-coming artisans to seasoned craftsmen. Kogei is a branch of fine art unique to Japan that promotes traditional Japanese culture such as the tea ceremony, the essence of zen, Noh theatre, and more.

     

    This year marks the 5th run of the art fair and will be its first collaboration with Hyatt Centric Kanazawa which opened in August of last year. The hotel will display many works from local artists and act as a hub for the promotion of Ishikawa’s culture.

  • Daidō Moriyama x KAMU kanazawa x Fukumitsuya Collaborate On New Sake ‘Lip

    24.February.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery has collaborated with the Kanazawa-based art museum KAMU kanazawa, and prominent Japanese photographer Daidō Moriyama to release a new sake called “Lip <Junmai>” which dropped on Fukumitsuya’s online shop and three of their branches on February 22.

     

    100 Bottles Signed by Daidō Moriyama

    KAMU kanazawa is a modern art museum which centres on art expressing the culture of Kanazawa. On December 15 last year, the museum opened a new space called the “LIP BAR” which features prints of a close-up photo taken by Moriyama plastered on the walls, ceiling, and surfaces. Lip <Junmai> can be tasted at the LIP BAR from Monday to Saturday at 20:00-Midnight amongst a flurry of other cocktails.

     

    The sake can also be bought online or in-store at Fukumitsuya, with a limited number of just 100 bottles signed by Moriyama himself.

    The Sake at a Glance
    The sake is an homage to Moriyama; a deep-flavoured junmaishu made with Yamada Nishiki and Kinmon-Nishiki rices.

    The Design
    The sleek and stylish bottle features a silver label layered with Moriyama’s famous lip shot. The regular edition bottles have English on the front and Japanese on the back. The signed edition bottles are signed by Moriyama on the front and have a unique serial number on the back. All the bottles are frosted and bear Fukimitsya’s logo. The box design was created by Kanazawa-based art director Katsura Matsuzawa.

    Lip <Junmai>

     

    ©Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation Courtesy of Akio Nagasawa Gallery

  • Pokémon Center to Open New Store in Kanazawa

    31.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Pokémon Company is opening a new branch of Pokémon Center, the official store for Pokémon merchandise, in Kanazawa, in late November 2020. The store will open inside Kanazawa Forus, a shopping centre located just a 1-minute walk from Kanazawa Station.

    Pokémon Center Kanazawa’s design captures the beauty of the Hokuriku Region of Japan. There to greet customers who enter the store is Milotic who is perhaps the most beautiful Pokémon.

    Pokémon Center Kanazawa will sell a whole range of Pokémon merchandise, including items to promote the grand opening of the store.

     

    ©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.
    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.

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