Kamakura Daibutsu Quick Facts

A few interesting FYIs about Kamakura's most famous resident. *Kamakura’s Daibutsu is Amida-Butsu (Amitabha Buddha), of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. *He’s designated as a National Treasure. *The original Kamakura Daibutsu was made of wood, but was destroyed in a typhoon only a few years after completion (circa 1247). *The rebuilt Daibutsu (casting began in … Continue reading Kamakura Daibutsu Quick Facts

Rising Sun Sakura

For the past few years, Kamakura has been tearing up the old road to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu. It used to be a raised and walled walkway through the middle of the modern road, bordered with old cherry trees. Now, it's, well, different. I admit to liking the old road better. Much, much better. But, safety is … Continue reading Rising Sun Sakura

Kosoku-ji Blossoms

Kosoku-ji, a small temple not far from Hasedera, has absolutely fantastic gardens.Even before you get to the gardens, though, there are absolutely fantastic cherry trees - and today, they were pretty much at their peak. I admit to setting this next shot up. Not at first, but I decided that the blossoms that were already … Continue reading Kosoku-ji Blossoms

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Sakura

Today, we finally made it down to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, the main shrine in Kamakura. It was actually a good thing it took us so long to make it down, though, as the cherry blossoms weren't quite at 100%. Maybe later this week... They were still pretty spectacular, though. Kamakura isn't really known for sakura—the city's … Continue reading Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Sakura