My first stop on day two was Kanazawa Castle and the grounds.
It was a natural transition to the impressive Kenrokuen from Kanazawa castle.
The next stop was the 21st Century Museum Of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. The exhibition I saw featured three artists (Japanese, Korean, and Chinese) who created their own mythical Asian country and depicted it in various art works-as well as some art fro the regular collection.
The Fourth High School Memorial Museum of Cultural Exchange.
My next stop was Omicho Market for lunch.
Lunch was sushi (I'm not huge on seafood, but since Kanazawa is known for seafood I've made an effort to eat it), at Sushi Genpei in the Omicho Market.
Curio is a self-described Seattle style coffee shop that came highly recommended. I talked to the owner and he's from Seattle. Nice vibe-friendly staff, good coffee and free wifi-that's all you need.
I walked down to the Nagamachi Samurai District to have a look, had i gone earlier I could have gone to some of the several museums that dot the area. But the sun and heat were too much. However, I feel I got a sense of the place by walking around near closing time, 5pm.
I really like finding cheap and cheerful izakayas like Goishiya which has lots of local delicacies in an informal atmosphere. I can sit at the bar and ask for recommendations from the staff when not busy.
I didn't take notes, but this is a duck stew with gold flakes (Kanazawa is known for their skill with using gold leaf in crafts-they put it on ice cream and other foods as well).
Some local nihonshu.
Apparently the cucumbers are special here, bigger than elsewhere. This dish was pickled cucumbers with spicy miso-very tasty.
I stopped by Jibiruba both nights i was here since it is THE place for craft beer. There are 8 taps. He had a collaboration with a local company that I liked Johanan X Jibiruba IPA, a Shigakogen beer(my favorite Japanese beer company), and Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA from California on tap.