Have you ever seen a gossamer-thin leaf of gold? Blow on it ever so lightly and it will fly away, catching the sunshine, if you are lucky, and creating an ephemeral moment of magic.

Put a few flakes in tea and transform an ordinary “cuppa” into a drink of luxury.  There are even those pundits who claim that eating gold is good for you.  Well, a teensy amount of pure gold certainly won’t do any harm.  It has been used as an edible ingredient over centuries.

And where does the best gold leaf come from?  Kanazawa, one of my favorite cities in Japan.  There is even a gold leaf museum, showing the laborious process by which a coin of about the size of a quarter/Euro/10 -yen piece is rolled out and pounded evenly to about the size of a tatami mat (90 x 180 cm or 35” x 70”) with a thickness of only 0.0004 mm without losing its brightness.

(Gold leaf can also be used to make a gold thread, by applying it to a paper backing and winding it on a silk core.  Needless to say, this real gold thread is extremely rare and extremely precious.  Most all thread that we see today that is golden, even if it is centuries old, is not real gold, even though it may look like it.)

Whether you drink it, eat it, or just hold an object adorned (decorated is just too plebeian a word in this case) with gold leaf, it will make you feel more special.

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