Update: May 25, 2020 5:09 PM STI
Kanazawa [Japan], May 25 (ANI): This thin gold leaf is called Kinpaku in Japanese. It is the symbol of wealth and prosperity.
For the past 400 years, Kanazawa City has been famous for this traditional craft of gold leaf making, and today 99% of Japan’s national gold leaf is produced here.
Although the city produces many traditional handicrafts, gold leaf is the most eye-catching.
Originally, gold leaf was only used for religious purposes, with over 80% used for the Buddhist altar. It was also woven into kimono, obi and their accessories, and used in arts and crafts. But now there are attempts to develop new uses for gold leaf, such as in food, cosmetics, and architecture.
The Kinpaku workshops in Kanazawa have developed a high-level technique to produce ten-thousandth of a millimeter gold leaf.
The process is simple but takes time. It starts with a small square gold leaf placed between stacks of paper.
The gold is then hammered with a special machine for several days and every day the gold gets finer and finer and at the end of the hammering process we get an incredibly fine gold leaf that you can almost see through. she.
“Coating with gold is a difficult process and it depends on the quality of the gold leaf. Thus, using high quality fine gold leaf can achieve a perfect coating. way to say its quality is to see if it moves smoothly with the air. ”says a craftsman with gold leaf.
Higashi Chaya is a famous traditional district in Kanazawa city. This Edo-style street is a popular destination among tourists.
Here, many shops sell gilded souvenirs made from beautiful gold leaf like lacquerware, calligraphy paintings, cosmetics and several other products.
Few stores even offer food products coated with paper thin gold leaf, such as gold coated ice cream which is very popular among visitors.
With its rich history of gold craftsmanship, Kanazawa proves its status as the gold capital of Japan. (ANI)