Here is the link to more of Sean’s adventure in Kanazawa, “The City of Gold”:
Kanazawa city makes 99 % of the domestic gold leaf in Japan. You could say they’ve cornered the market. The gold leaf coating Kinkakuji in Japan came from Kanazawa.
In fact, a lot of the speciality foods in Kanazawa have edible gold foil sprinkled on them. For $9 you can buy and eat gold-leaf wrapped vanilla ice cream. In all sorts of detail you’ll find Kanazawa’s gold leaf.
After looking around a bit at the castle and gardens, we returned to our Ryokan, or Japanese Traditional Inn, and soaked in the onsen (hot water baths), then donned our robes and headed for dinner.
One of the fun parts of staying at Ryokan’s is when you can walk around the town in the robes. It feels weird and kind of fun.
The place we found was in the nearby fish market (mostly closed). Our food had gold foil sprinkled on. It’s pretty tasteless, but kind of fun to eat.