Tufts University and Kanazawa University have cultivated a strong relationship that has lasted more than 20 years. Currently, Kanazawa serves as the site of Tufts in Japan, it has hosted Tufts delegations and staff throughout the years, and it partnered on various English language programs such as the English Today program and the Super Global University Challenge Series. This past year, a Kanazawa professor served as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), and in the coming months, Tufts will be launching a Faculty Development Lecture Series (日本語) with the financial support from the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe.
Kanazawa is an ancient castle town that during the Tokugawa Period (1600-1868) was the administrative center of the Kaga Domain, the largest and most affluent in the entire country. To show Edo they had no designs on central political power, the Maeda clan poured resources into the arts and made their city a "little Kyoto." They built the Kenroku-en, one of the three most spectacular gardens in all of Japan. They brought in numerous artisans, who began a rich legacy of arts and crafts that are alive even today: Kaga yuzen (silk dyeing), Kutani and Ohi pottery, Wajima lacquerware, the Noh theater, papermaking, and confectionery. Kanazawa escaped the bombs of the Second World War with its historical landmarks intact. Visitors can still visit the mansions and gardens of former samurai and tour the city’s numerous temples. Like Boston, Kanazawa is a city of many parks and colleges and the city places a strong emphasis on education.