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Secluded Kanazawa immerses the traveler in art

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Ancient craft techniques meet contemporary ideas about art, in a very unspoiled part of Honshu.

Thanks for stashing this. It's not as well known to us in the west.

I had never heard of Kanazawa until a Japanese filmmaker mentioned it to me the week before in Tokyo, saying it was a place where some of the country’s most respected artists toiled, a place that has no boundaries when it comes to what they think of as a typical art exhibit — it could be something as simple and as murderous as a hatchet poised in a glass case or as cerebral and innocent as these schoolkids before me playing in a manipulated swimming pool. I wondered if they knew they were part of the exhibit.

Either way, I seemed to be in the right place to discover Japan’s traditional crafts and modern mind-bending forms of art unlike anywhere else.

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