Kanazawa, a well-known castle town of the Kaga domain, produces over 98 percent of the Kinpaku (gold leaf) used in Japan. Kanazawa-haku (Kanazawa leaf) has been used in Japanese culture’s lavish decoration of buildings, including the famous Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto and the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, along with other well-known artwork such as the “Byobu” (Japanese folding screen). The thickness of the Japanese gold leaf is 1/10000mm. Master craftsmen in Kanazawa can flatten out a coin-sized nugget of gold to the size of a 180 cm by 90 cm Tatami mat.

Photo: Kanazawa City

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