Today, the shrine in this picture (in Enoshima) will be overrun with people making their first shrine visit of the year. It will be overflowing with people even before the new year begins. They'll be returning the charms they bought last year, and buying new ones for this year. They'll be praying, and trying to … Continue reading
While wandering around Enoshima's illumination display, I came across this map.
More lanterns from Enoshima, this time zigzagging up a hill at the start of the shrine's sando. Shrines and temples in Japan are getting ready for hatsumode, the first shrine/temple visit of the year. Lanterns are glowing all over the place.
While in Enoshima the other night to see the illuminations, I snapped a few pics of the shrine. It's beautiful and sprawling, and full of red lanterns, which I love.
After spending an awful lot of time inside over the past few days, we decided to head out for an evening of illumination viewing. Japan is big on lights, and in our area, the best known is Enoshima's display. It didn't disappoint. The lights will be on until February 14. More info (in Japanese) here.
Kamakura can be a bit like a box of chocolates—you never know what you're going to get. Sometimes you come across the most authentically Santa-Claus-y Japanese Santa Claus imaginable (real impeccably trimmed, big beard and all!). Other days, you turn the corner and come across a tour guide group and tourists dressed as samurai and … Continue reading Surprising Kamakura
Remember those little octopi from the other day? Well, here they are up close.
Santa Claus was at Enoshima tonight for photo ops. Some of those waiting for a pic were dressed more festively than others...
I posted a picture of Kamakura's biggest yagura a few weeks ago. Big ones are few and far between, but little ones like this are quite common. We came across this one while hiking the Gion-Yama hiking trail, though the best trail for yagura is the Ten-en trail. Most yagura are empty, but a few … Continue reading Little Yagura
The sanbutsudo at Tosho-gu is under renovation, which is really too bad because it's an amazing building. The upside is that you can climb up a few floors to have a look at what goes on during temple/shrine renovation, and from way up there, you get a pretty good view of the surrounding hills and … Continue reading View from Tosho-gu