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Kanazawa is the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It has a population of 462,478 and an area of 467.77 km². The name "Kanazawa", which literally means "marsh of gold", is said to derive from the legend of the peasant Imohori Togoro, who was digging for potatoes when flakes of gold washed up. The well in the grounds of Kenrokuen known as 'Kinjo Reitaku' was recreated by the Maeda lords to acknowledge these roots. The area where Kanazawa is was originally known as Ishiura, and the Ishiura Shrine near Kenrokuen is a remnant of this period.