July 8, 2003
The Honda Museum is one that displays anything and pretty much everything related to the Honda clan, an important family in Japanese history. It spanned many generations, and you will therefore find a wide range of items dating from various periods in history, adding to the interest value.
To give you some idea, there are drawings, objects like small painted pots and jars, both wooden and enamel, all with different (and some unexpected) uses, and particularly intriguing I thought were the colourful (though by now authentically faded) robes that had been worn either by samurai in battle or by so-called noblemen of the time on varying occasions.
What really caught my eye though were the central displays in the upstairs galleries of the collection of robes, stirrups, etc worn by a horse in centuries gone by, and the huge torn and weathered flag, still proudly presenting its bold red central circle, eerily reminiscent of blood.
A booklet with explanations is available in English, which is always very useful, and you will find the museum is small and relatively quiet, with a nice antique mood and faded carpets. There is also a relatively small entry fee of a couple hundred yen, but with student discounts if that happens to apply. It isn't one of the main attractions of Kanazawa, but I would recommend it perhaps for that very reason, for something slightly different, and yet a little more cultural insight. Do make an effort to find it if you have the time; despite my lack of a greater interest in history, I found it strangely enlightening.
From journal Kanazawa in the blink of an eye