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 Continue reading “Picture Perfect Kamakura”
Hard work may be the key, but who doesn’t like a bit of extra luck? Continue reading “Good Fortune for Sale at Hongaku-ji”
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. Continue reading “Funa Oroshi”
The traditional greeting the first time you see someone in the new year: Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu. Continue reading “Happy New Year”
In winter, you don’t have to be an early bird to catch the sunrise. Continue reading “Morning Snaps”
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 a cup of matcha. Though the bamboo stays green year-round, the rest of the landscape turns brilliant gold (ginko), vibrant red and sunset orange (Japanese maple).
As it’s surrounded by a number of other temples—including Kamakura’s purported oldest temple, Sugimoto-dera—the trip out easily becomes one filled with easy temple-hopping.
Lately, I’ve been trying to untangle the history of the Minamoto family and Kamakura Period-era Kamakura in my head. Continue reading “Kamakura History”
One of the many perks of living by the ocean is free-of-charge fish drops. Continue reading “It’s Raining Fish”
Kamakura is beautiful in any season, but fall provides the perfect weather in which to really enjoy it. Continue reading “Fall in Kamakura: Myohon-ji”