Gold leaf is gold that is beaten into 0.0001 mm thin sheets that are commonly used for gilding; the world-famous Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion Temple) in Kyoto is covered almost entirely in gold leaf produced in Kanazawa. Gold leaf is available in a wide variety of karats and shades. The making of Kanazawa gold leaves begun in 1593 in the Bunroku era under the direction of Toshiie Maeda, the founder of Kaga clan. Today Kanazawa leaf is recognized around Japan and since 1977 it has been designated by Japanese Ministry as an essential material for the production of Buddhist altars and various craftworks.

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