I wish I had something to say about this, but alas, it's been such a long time since I took the photo that I cannot for the life of me remember where it's from. A good lesson to be more careful with my notes!
Last photo of the Yokohama German market light-up.
Kamakura Koko-Mae Station is one of the more beautiful stations along the Enoden Line. It's not that the station itself is so spectacular, but rather that the view from the station is second-to-none. From Kamakura Koko-Mae, the ocean spreads out in front of you in beautiful shades of blue, Enoshima (island) rises from the sea … Continue reading Kamakura Koko-Mae
More Christmas from Yokohama's German Christmas market.
Caught this giant mosquito-like creature (can never remember the name...) resting on Oinari-sama at Yakumo Jinja in the fall.
Something a little different today. I did some wandering around Yokohama with friends the other day, and we dropped in on the city's Christmas market. It's not big by any means, but it has nice lighting, and these three little guys.
Engaku-ji's main gate with the sun beating down on it. Engaku-ji is number two of Kamakura's five great Zen temples. It's located right beside Kita-Kamakura Station, which makes it the number one temple for convenience.
Kamakura is riddled with small caves carved into the soft rock. These caves are tombs, built in medieval times. According to Wikipedia, Kamakura has anywhere from 1500 to 5000 yagura cut into its hills. It is assumed that many have yet to be found. The yagura pictured is Kamakura's largest, located at Meigetsu-in in Kita-Kamakura.
At the back of Kencho-ji's vast grounds, a hill rises up, topped by Kencho-ji's shrine, the Hansobo. Sprinkled over the hill is a collection of karasu-tengu (crow tengu), a kami (god)/yokai (supernatural being) combination creature. Most tengu in Japan, nowadays at least, are depicted as having exceptionally long noses, though the older style have more … Continue reading Kencho-ji Tengu
The Kencho-ji temple complex is huge–it just keeps going and going. As you make your way towards the hills at the back, you'll pass by this rather stunning door.