In winter, you don't have to be an early bird to catch the sunrise. I sneaked out just past 7am for a run and snapped these shots along the way. I wasn't the only runner/photographer, either—I think at least half the runners I saw stopped to whip out a smartphone.
Also known as Take-dera, meaning bamboo temple, Hokoku-ji was founded in 1334. It’s a bit of a hike from Kamakura station, but if you love bamboo groves, it’s a must. The main grounds are open for free wandering, but entrance to the bamboo grove requires payment of a small fee, as does a ticket for … Continue reading Fall in Kamakura: Hokoku-ji
Lately, I've been trying to untangle the history of the Minamoto family and Kamakura Period-era Kamakura in my head. What with all the names and changing loyalties, it can be mind-boggling to get straight who was who, who was with or against whom, and what on earth was going on. There is a wonderful book … Continue reading Kamakura History
We finally finished getting prices up on our Rakuten page, and within a day, the two rooms we have available were booked up for New Year's Eve and one of them booked up for the next two days. It's clear to me that Kamakura is the place to be for hatsumode (first shrine visit of … Continue reading New Year in Kamakura
One of the many perks of living by the ocean is free-of-charge fish drops. This one is from a month or two ago, and clearly, it was a little on the dried-out side. But we had another yesterday morning, and the fish was gloriously fresh. Surprisingly, no kites (of the bird kind) pounced on it, … Continue reading It’s Raining Fish