Photo of the Day: Pretty in Pink

Yuigahama Beach might not be overflowing with exotic seashells of curious shape and astounding size, but it is home to a delicately beautiful shell named for cherry blossoms. Sakuragai (sakura=cherry; gai/kai=shell) are found only along Kamakura's small stretch of beach, and honest-to-goodness look like the petals. More than once, I've bent down to pick one … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Pretty in Pink

Photo a Day: Komyo-ji

Komyo-ji is just shy of two kilometers from Kamakura Station. The distance means that it's off the beaten track and a little quieter than some of the better known temples. Don't let the distance discourage you, though, as it's worth the hike out - unlike many of the other temples and shrines, visitors can actually … Continue reading Photo a Day: Komyo-ji

Photo of the Day: Fish Fins

Fish drying is a common sight in Kamakura. In fact, my husband has taken up the hobby, though he's taking a break over the winter. These fishy were snapped through a shop window along Yuigahama Dori. I likely wouldn't have noticed, but Hisashi has an eye for fish and found them no problem.

Picture Perfect Kamakura

A photo a day keeps boredom at bay—and, I'm told, is worth a thousand words. Which is why my only resolution for this year (well, my only currently planned resolution) is to upload a photo of Kamakura and area each day for your viewing pleasure (I know you're excited; don't deny it). Can I manage … Continue reading Picture Perfect Kamakura

Funa Oroshi

Making a living via the sea isn't an easy path; in fact, it's a downright terrifying one as far as I'm concerned. But then, I'm from a landlocked farming community, so dirt is naturally a far friendlier way of life the way I see things. I guess I'm not alone in my wariness of the … Continue reading Funa Oroshi

Happy New Year

明けましておめでとうございます。 The traditional greeting the first time you see someone in the new year: Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu. It pretty much just means, "happy new year". Usually, you'd also tack on a "今年も、よろしくお願いします", which somewhat translates to, "please treat me well again this year". It's a bit of a mouthful, which explains why it's sometimes shortened … Continue reading Happy New Year