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.
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
Hard work may be the key, but who doesn't like a bit of extra luck?
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
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
In winter, you don't have to be an early bird to catch the sunrise. I sneaked out just past 7am for a run and snapped these shots along the way. I wasn't the only runner/photographer, either—I think at least half the runners I saw stopped to whip out a smartphone.
Also known as Take-dera, meaning bamboo temple, Hokoku-ji was founded in 1334. It’s a bit of a hike from Kamakura station, but if you love bamboo groves, it’s a must. The main grounds are open for free wandering, but entrance to the bamboo grove requires payment of a small fee, as does a ticket for … Continue reading Fall in Kamakura: Hokoku-ji
Lately, I've been trying to untangle the history of the Minamoto family and Kamakura Period-era Kamakura in my head. What with all the names and changing loyalties, it can be mind-boggling to get straight who was who, who was with or against whom, and what on earth was going on. There is a wonderful book … Continue reading Kamakura History
We finally finished getting prices up on our Rakuten page, and within a day, the two rooms we have available were booked up for New Year's Eve and one of them booked up for the next two days. It's clear to me that Kamakura is the place to be for hatsumode (first shrine visit of … Continue reading New Year in Kamakura
One of the many perks of living by the ocean is free-of-charge fish drops. This one is from a month or two ago, and clearly, it was a little on the dried-out side. But we had another yesterday morning, and the fish was gloriously fresh. Surprisingly, no kites (of the bird kind) pounced on it, … Continue reading It’s Raining Fish