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More than 98% of Japanese gold leaf is produced in Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa gold leaf has been used in various places for its beautiful sparkle; Kinkakuji Temple, Nikko Toshogu, lacquerwares, Buddhist altars, textiles, and Kutani ceramics. More than 98% of Japanese gold leaf, and 100% of Japanese silver leaf and Western leaf is produced in Kanazawa.
The technique used to make it is to pound gold evenly to a thickness of 0.0001 mm.
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Gold leaf is made of alloys consisting of pure gold, and a very little amount of silver and copper. The gold leaf is pounded evenly to a thickness of 0.0001 mm. Even though gold leaf is so thin that we can see through it, the brightness of the gold is not lost.

The brightness and expandability of gold leaf depends on the quality of hakuuchi-gami, which is the Japanese craft paper placed between gold leaves when they are pounded. Furthermore, the humid weather of Kanazawa is suitable for producing gold leaf.

A piece of gold in the size of a 10 yen coin is pounded evenly into the size of a tatami mat
0.0001 mm may not be easy to grasp. The following comparison may help you to imagine how thin the gold leaf is; Kanazawa gold leaf craftsmen can pound a piece of gold in the size of a 10 yen coin evenly into the size of a tatami mat. Producing Gold leaf is not simply pounding gold into a leaf. It requires refined techniques for each process.
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What is Kanazawa gold leaf?
98% of Japanese gold leaf is produced in Kanazawa.
Various use of Kanazawa gold leaf
Gold Leaf in Daily Life
Interior Furnishings
Art crafts
Unique Uses
Gold leaf-related sight-seeing spots in Kanazawa