Learning Japanese Culture in Kanazawa

When you visiting Japan, it won't be complete without learning and experience the culture.

Ishikawa International Lounge is a Japanese styled house own by IFIE (Ishikawa Foundation for International Exhange).  IFIE is an organization that promote international exchanges in Ishikawa Prefecture. In Ishikawa International Lounge you can join many kinds of Japanese cultural classes that taught by very friendly and professionals instructors, all the classes are free but you have to pay for some materials for the classes. For the cost is around 250-800 yen. Some of the classes they offers are 
  • Kimono Dressing
  • Japanese traditional music instruments
  • Japanese Calligraphy
  • Japanese Traditional Dance
  • Origami Class
  • Paper art and handicraft
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Japanese languange lessons
 You can find more details of the classes in their website here . The Lounge is open from Monday to Saturday, with the detail working hours on Monday to Friday is 9 am until 5 pm, and on Saturday is from 9 am until 4 pm. The place is might be a little bit difficult to find because there's no sign in front of the house and it's surrounded by housing area, but there are some signs to guide you to the place, and you can find it on the map below.

Ishikawa International Lounge is located at cultural zone in Kanazawa, it's near by the Kenrokuen garden, Kanazawa Castle, 21st Century Museum, and etc.
The attractiveness of the Lounge's is not only the location, but also the architecture of the house. The Lounge is two-storied Japanese style house that really beautiful with a small open garden inside the house. The last time I visited the Lounge, I joined the Origami Class and Japanese traditional music instruments which is Koto (箏, Japanese Harp). I really enjoy to learn the Japanese culture because the classes is really fun with very friendly instructors and staffs.
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So what are you waiting for? Go sign up for the class and enjoy the beautiful Japanese Culture!



Ana Amalina