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Introducing the Museum
The current museum was formerly used as the school building for the Shikindai Junior High. The items on display, articles of daily life, primarily consist of donations from the citizens of Kanazawa. A collection of various items are on display here, from workers' tools to electrical equipments, etc., symbolizing the drastic changes in lifestyle following World War II. The folklore of Kanazawa is also introduced through planned exhibitions, held four times a year.
Please take your time and enjoy the exhibits.
The Museum Building
The building currently used for the museum was built in 1899 to be the Ishikawa Prefectural Kanazawa Second Junior High School. In 1948, with the reform of the educational system, the facility was used as a school building for the Shikindai Junior High until 1970. In 1974, the building was designated as a Cultural Asset of Kanazawa City and opened as the Kanazawa City Minzoku Bunkazai Tenjikan (Kanazawa Folklore Museum) in June of 1978. In 1999, it was also designated as a Tangible Cultural Asset of Ishikawa Prefecture and in 2007 re-named as the current Kanazawa Kurashi No Hakubutsukan (Kanazawa Folklore Museum). This building is said to be a precious cultural heritage built in the style of the Western wooden architectural style of school buildings found in the Meiji Era (1868-1912), with a roof built in a complicated style, a porch in the front, and windows that close/open by moving up and down. The building with its characteristic high tower remains dear to the people and is known by the nickname of Sansentou.
The Museum Building
Various exhibitions about the life and customs of the people of Kanazawa are held here.
Life in the prewar era
Among other exhibits, a reproduction of a townhouse parlor shows how people lived in those days.
Life in the postwar era
Home electric appliances and daily goods which were used in the postwar era are on exhibit to show how people lived in those days.
Special exhibition room
Traditional crafts and craft-making tools are on display.
Room for learning about life in Kanazawa
Here you can see old photographs, and learn about local dishes and dialects.
Here you can handle the tools and toys used in the olden days and take photos.
Classroom (Lecture room)
The building that houses the museum was originally Kanazawa Second Junior High School (later Shikindai Junior High School). There is a classroom on display, which is sometimes used as a museum lecture room.
9:30~17:00 (entry permitted until 16:30)
During the changing of displays
New Year's Season (December 29th-January 3rd)
|Rates for groups of 20 or more||250yen|
|Child,Student(through high school)||Free|
Kanazawa Folklore Museum
3-31 Tobiume-cho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0938 Japan
(on the ground of Shikindai Jr High School)
From JR Kanazawa Station
Take buses No.11,12,16 departing from(Hokutetsu bus)bus stops No.7 of the East Exit Bus Terminal. Get off at "shibiki-cho" ( 25 minutes ). Walk 1 min.