Sure, Samurai Sundays probably started out a bit more exciting than the average middle class suburban day in Japan, or anywhere – some swordplay, a battle perhaps, then if successful delivering the head of the enemy to your Daimyo (Feudal Lord) ..
But once business was over you could relax and do a spot of gardening. Or appreciate your garden if you had others to do the hard yards.
The Nomura family Samurai House in Kanazawa’s Nagamachi Samurai House district in the old town centre is a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the samurai.
In Kanazawa, as in other important towns, the samurai families lived around the castle, on hand to protect their lord at need and benefiting from the collective protection themselves.
Nagamachi is still surrounded by the old moat that protected Kanazawa’s inner town. Today you can check out the Samurai House and other interesting buildings in this well preserved and maintained area.
The samurai knew that their lives could end suddenly, so they liked to appreciate peace, harmony and nature in their home life. An exquisite garden was part of that.
Not bad considering they didn’t have Bunnings to visit. The flow of the house and living areas led naturally into the garden, with its classic water features and carefully nurtured trees and plants. No one beats the Japanese for attention to detail, and the work put into gardens is an example of that. If the samurai was doing it himself he must have been a busy boy..
The design is timeless – it would be very easy to live here today, especially as the surrounding city beyond the old town has expanded rapidly. Inside your are in a tranquil space, cut off from outside cares.
We recommend visiting both while here.
Some interesting artifacts from armour and weapons to an amazingly detailed Edo era map of Japan are on display.
Stroll on around Nagamachi to see other old buildings and the straw-wall style of construction. Then following the canal out you are amid a trendy selection of cafes and boutiques leading into the Katamachi/Korinhbo shopping and dining district.
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We recommend staying in the old town/downtown area from where it’s an easy walk to attractions like Nagamachi.
Ishikawa tourism official site Kenroku-en page
Kanazawa Tourism site