Indulge In Seafood, Sake & More In Kanazawa | Clozette

While the sights in Kanazawa (金沢) are the highlights, its food doesn’t play second fiddle. Often referred to as Little Kyoto, this capital of Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan’s central Honshu Island borders the Sea of Japan and is where seafood reigns supreme. If you are arriving early by the Hokuriku Shinkansen — about two and a half hours ride from Tokyo — there’s no better spot to savour its ocean delicacies than at the tiny Maimon Sushi in the Instagrammable Kanazawa Station. The assorted sushi is tasty and fresh, the star being the gently torched “Nodoguro”, a fatty Blackthroat SeaPerch coveted by the locals. The set lunch is excellent value at JPY2,500.

Maimon Sushi

Some of the selections at Maimon Sushi

Seafood lovers shouldn’t miss Omicho Market (近江町市場), Kanazawa's largest fresh food market since the Edo period. It still remains a bustling market with a plethora of covered shop-lined alleys where you can buy or sample local seafood and produce such as freshly shucked Sea Urchin and Rock Oysters.

Omicho Market offerings

Left: Sea Urchin; Right: Rock Oysters

We were lucky to snare a seat at Ikikitei, a tiny sushi and sashimi joint crammed with just 10 counter seats, specialising in Seafood “Kaisen” Don. The Uni (from Hokkaido) Ikura Don and the Assorted Seafood Rice Bowl are fresh and delicious. We like that the amount of rice and condiments topping are customised individually to avoid wastage. The restaurant filled up shortly after we were seated, so best to come early — it opens at 7AM!


Another recommended dining option at this busy market is Morimori Sushi, a good-value conveyor belt “kaiten” sushi restaurant.

The rice, vinegar, and soy sauce used at the restaurant all come from the Hokuriku area. Having acquired a taste for “Nodoguro”, we pigged out on this velvety fish — here it’s torched and simply served with a sprinkle of yuzu zest and sea salt from the Andes Mountains. The Uni sushi is so fresh and sweet that we couldn't resist seconds.

Cafe Tamon

For those planning to visit the historic Edo-period district of Higashi Chaya-gai, we suggest you go early and hit the breakfast at Café Tamon, an artisan pancake house located in a charmingly restored century-old Machiya in front of the Utasu Shrine. The Eggs Benedict is delectable: runny poached eggs with a light Hollandaise sauce over fluffy pancakes made with egg whites. The enchanting interior design manages to fuse modern conveniences without detracting from the traditional atmosphere of such old houses.


When wandering the alleys, do look out for the exclusive store of Fukumitsuya, the oldest brewery in Kanazawa established almost 400 years ago in 1625, where you can enjoy sake tasting for a small fee.


Need a break in the well-preserved samurai district of Nagamachi (長町) where ancient warriors and their families used to reside? Wagashi Murakami, a traditional Japanese confectionery store founded in 1911, provides a great escape from the summer heat with its enticing ice desserts in a calming zen modern space.

Izakaya Fuwari

If you have only one meal in Kanazawa, dinner at Izakaya Fuwari is a no-brainer; we’ve been here twice in two months. Helmed by chef-owner Ippei Matsumura and chef Hide Nakajima — both of whom have spent a decade working in Nobu NYC before teaming up to create this accessible culinary heaven — it’s one of those rare places where every dish hits the spot! Expect local ingredients superbly rendered with innovative hands and beautifully presented.

More offerings from Izakaya Fukawari

Think Glass Shrimp & Young Ginger Kakiage Tempura, Mochi Pizza and Lotus Roots & Pork Sandwich. The appetiser of Giant Rock Oyster was incredibly fresh and sweet; the simple Grilled Rice Ball in Fish Broth umami-filled and comforting; while the Chicken Thigh was grilled to perfection, served barely pink and juicy. All the dishes well-paired with a Jyogiken Sake. What's amazing is this sumptuous dinner — that puts some Michelin-starred restaurants to shame — came under SGD200 for three people. Set in a lovely traditional house, Fuwari goes right to the top of our all-time must-eat list!

Kanazawa is accessible from Tokyo within two and a half hours by the Hokuriku Shinkansen that operates out of Tokyo Station. JR Passes are available hereAll Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) operate several daily flights and transfers (one hour) between Tokyo and Komatsu Airport where you can get a shuttle bus (40 mins.) or a train (30 mins.) to Kanazawa Station.



Being one of the most revered style influencers in Manila, actress and socialite Love Marie (also known by her screen name Heart Evangelista) has a slew of collaborations with local and international labels under her belt. But it seems like the latest one, her jewellery collection with Royal Gem, is the most personal by far. 

Heart Evangelista Love Marie Royal Gem Launch

Love Marie at the launch in Manila House

Called "The Modern Muse", this collaboration features artwork from Love Marie's Full Bloom Collection. During the launch, she shared that painting has become an outlet for her to express her inner emotions and has served as a way to destress and cope with life's challenges. "When I made my paintings, I really didn't expect anybody would pay attention. I did it for myself. It really was a dream come true (to be able to work with brands in showcasing my paintings)," she shared.

Royal Gem Modern Muse Love Marie

The Whimsy painting and Whimsy Italian Gold Pendant

Inspired by her personal experiences, the subject of the paintings are different women and each has a beautiful story behind. The piece with her favourite story is the one featured in the Muted Euphoria Cameo Pendant. "I made it into a teardrop shape to symbolise the tears of joy. This painting is really special. I was going through depression and anxiety. Originally, this painting has a lot of colours; it kind of says how I'm hopeful and I'm very happy person despite my circumstance," Love Marie said.

Royal Gem Modern Muse Love Marie

The Muted Euphoria painting and Muted Euphoria Cameo Pendant

"This is my most personal collaboration with Royal Gem thus far since I'm featuring my actual works of art,” she added. The Modern Muse collection has two selections: Cameo and Italian Gold. If you want eye-catching minimalist pieces, you'd love the Cameo pendants that are hand-carved in Queen Helmet conch shell.

Royal Gem Modern Muse Love Marie

Ponder Cameo Pendant and Tres Marias Cameo Pendant

But if you're fond of colours, the Italian Gold pieces are the way to go. All pieces in this particular selection are set in fine enamel jewellery outlined with Italian Gold.

Royal Gem Modern Muse Love Marie

The Italian Gold Modern Muse Collection

As for style tips, Love Marie believes there's no particular way to style jewellery, as long as you feel good wearing it. "It's really all about what connects with you, what you would wear every day; something you feel that will blend (with your style)." But personally, she loves layering pieces. "I like to mix sentimental and fashionable pieces. I don't wear them one by one, I like to wear them all together. It just feels different."

Perhaps that's why all pendants from the collection are designed so that they can be used for bracelets and necklaces that can be worn as they are or layered together.

Royal Gem Modern Muse Love Marie

The limited-edition 2019 Royal Gem x Love Marie Jewelry Collection: The Modern Muse is available for purchase on their website and in select Royal Gem stores.



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