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The world of Kanazawa gold leaf

The world of Kanazawa gold leaf


- The Colour Gold in Japan -

In the past, the gold was called "Kogane".

Japan was referred to the "Golden Country of Zipangu" in Europe and as written in Marco polo's "The Travel of Marco Polo". Japan has had deep ties to gold since ancient times, being deceibed as the "Island of Gold".

In Buddhism, the color gold referred  to as "Konjiki" and defined as the "colour symbolizing the highest existence".

In the real world, it is called "Kiniro" and considered to symbolise "wealth and power".


- The speciality of Kanazawa-Haku (gold leaf) -

Gold leaf is one of the most famous traditional Japanese crafts.
Kanazawa City is known as a production center of high-quality gold leaf called Kanazawa-Haku. 

Gold leaf is extremely thin and is made of metal stretched to the utmost limit. A single piece of gold leaf is generally said to be about 1/10,000 mmt thin. Because of this thinness, it reflects light beautifully and gives off a unique brilliance. Gold leaf is used in food, beverages, cosmetics, and other luxury goods, as well as in crafts and architecture, and is popular as a beautiful decoration.

Kanazawa-Haku is characterized by its extremely uniform, thin, and fine texture. Furthermore, in December 2020, the traditional "rimmed gold leaf" manufacturing technique was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, and this was an opportunity for "Kanazawa-Haku" to be recognized around the world.


- The company Hakuichi -

 Hakuichi, which started as a gold leaf craft company in 1975, respects the ancient Japanese culture of "valuing things.

In addition to preserve traditions, the company is challenging  various initiatives to achieve a sustainable world,such as the SDGs.

Wa-in stock beautiful Kanazawa-Haku products by Hakuichi 


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