Drum Gate of New Kanazawa Station

Motenashi Dome waiting for Hokuriku's Shinkansen debut

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

On February 7th, I departed for a trip to Hokuriku region to see snow.

Kanazawa Station was bustling with local people who had been awaiting the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen for so long, and was crowded with tourists, too. Since Kanazawa has lots of rain and snow, they built a glass dome called, 'Motenashi (welcome) Dome', to provide shelter for visitors. This gigantic dome is supported by two massive pillars, which are modeled after the Japanese drums used in Kaga-Hoshou, the traditional Noh performance in this region. These pillars are called, 'Tsuzumi-mon (Drum Gate)'. Both the dome and gate are symbols of new Kanazawa Station, which surely has a brilliant future ahead!

Ancient City Kanazawa
1. Delicacies of Noto Peninsula
2. Drum Gate of New Kanazawa Station
3. Symmetrical Beauty at Kenrokuen
4. Stone Paved Streets of Kanazawa

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose