I had planned my trip to Kanazawa to coincide with the Sakura Matsuri festival which was supposed to take place this week.  My timing, unfortunately, wasn’t the best – the sakura hanami were not in full bloom yet, and little sign of a any festival along the shores of any waterway actually existed.  It didn’t help that it rained most of the first day I arrived.

Walking up to my first day in Kanzawa, I headed towards the train station a few steps away from the hotel, and took a couple pictures of the impressive station architecture and “water” sign.  Yes, the sign which welcomes you to Kanzawa actually writes in water, rotating between the city name, the time, and “welcome”.

From the station, I decided to head towards Ōmichō Market and wander around.  A pile of tea was offered at one establishment, something “sticky” at another, while seafood was offered at the majority in one state of preparation or another.

After wandering around for a while and snapping some photos, I grabbed some sushi for brunch at one of the Conveyor belt sushi (回転寿司 kaiten-zushi) restaurants.  It isn’t the same as Tsukiji (築地), but with the sea close by it’s just as fresh and tasty.  And for those concerned (not me!), nowhere near Fukushima.

I wandered towards Kanazawa Castle Park, and promptly got caught in the rain, which even with an umbrella made for a wet and camera unfriendly time.  I decided to try the  21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, but they were closed for the day (Monday).  I had forgot most things are closed on Mondays – given the weather and the prospects of finding something else to do, I decided to head back to the hotel and end the day there.  I needed a break anyways…