Higashi Chaya district ひがし茶屋街
Les dames du temps jadis
Un bruissement d'étoffes, l'écho de rires, le tintement des porcelaines. Depuis des siècles, les mêmes sonorités filtrent doucement à travers les panneaux de papier des bâtisses traditionnelles du quartier Higashi. Ce dédale de ruelles attend le visiteur pour l'emporter dans un temps qui, ici, n'est pas encore révolu.
As we enter the Meiji era (1868-1912) and the Industrial Revolution upset the country forever, Kanazawa, the city samurai, is poised to sacrifice some of its feudal face. Warriors see merchants and industrialists to take their place at the top of society and the city is transformed to better comply with their wishes. However, in this area to the east (higashi), geishas continued to perfect the range of their art to entertain lovers of a tradition that has lost none of its charms.
In the humid heat of summer nights, the facades of wood Chaya (these old houses Nipponese tea) exude a discreet musky smell. Nor garish neon or electric cables to disturb the aesthetics of the main building where the colors match the stone slabs polished by the years gone. The teahouse Shima, perfectly preserved and open to the public, allowing all to enter the heart of this floating world unchanged for 180 years.
The structure of the rest Higashi Chaya Kyukeikan, located in the heart of the neighborhood, hosts free within its walls visitors to offer them refreshments and information needed to assess the true value of this island where history comes alive.
Address, timetable & access
Phone+81 (0)76253 0087