Tango-no-Sekku, also known as Boys’ Day, is a Japanese festival to celebrate, well, boys. Since 1948, it’s been called Children’s Day, but for most families, the day still revolves around sons. Continue reading “Nighttime Nobori”
Usually, mikuji (fortunes) are sold at temples and shrines. But sometimes, you can get them out of a gum machine. Continue reading “Kamakura Mikuji”
A few interesting FYIs about Kamakura’s most famous resident. Continue reading “Kamakura Daibutsu Quick Facts”
Just as the last of the cherry blossoms fall to the ground, the wisteria vines start to bloom. Continue reading “Wisteria Season”
He wanted a photo of the new Hachimangu Dori/Wakamiya-oji sakura avenue, and I wanted a photo of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu’s main building framed by a torii gate.
For the past few years, Kamakura has been tearing up the old road to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu. Continue reading “Rising Sun Sakura”
As much as I love sakura blossoms still on the tree, I have a special place in my heart for the ones covering the ground.
We stopped by a harbour in Hayama, a small town up the coast from Kamakura, and I decided that boats need to be painted bright colours. Continue reading “Hayama Boats”
Kosoku-ji, a small temple not far from Hasedera, has absolutely fantastic gardens. Continue reading “Kosoku-ji Blossoms”
Today, we finally made it down to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, the main shrine in Kamakura. Continue reading “Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Sakura”