か is for Kakuon-ji

In her book, Kamakura: Fact and Legend, Iso Mutsu calls Kakuon-ji a "venerable temple of unimposing exterior." It is indeed quite simple on the outside (though wonderfully peaceful), but inside it houses a number of statues and other items, including two national treasures (the Yakushi Sanzon and the Black Jizo). While the outer grounds are … Continue reading か is for Kakuon-ji

か is for Kamakura-gu

Kamakura-gu is one of Kamakura's newer shrines, having been founded in 1869 by Emperor Meiji. The spirit of the shrine goes back much further, however, as it was established in memory of Prince Morinaga, who was imprisoned in a cave on the property for seven or eight months before being beheaded in 1335. While the … Continue reading か is for Kamakura-gu

Kids’ Play Between Kamakura and Hakone: Odawara Wanpaku Land

The oft-visited Kamakura-Hakone stretch isn't terribly child-friendly outside of the summer beach season. Kids get bored with temples and shrines, and wandering the omiyage streets of hot-spring towns gets pretty old, pretty fast. Luckily, there are a few spots that provide ample opportunity to play, and that will, with any luck, fill kids' "play tanks" … Continue reading Kids’ Play Between Kamakura and Hakone: Odawara Wanpaku Land

お is for Onari Shotengai

  Onari Shotengai, out the west side of Kamakura Station, doesn't get much press, being overshadowed by Komachi Dori, the shopping street out the east side. But it has a lot going for it. The past year or so has seen quite a few new shops open along the shopping street, including cafes, jewellery shops … Continue reading お is for Onari Shotengai

お is for Ofuna Kannon

We're finally leaving え, though I'm guessing we'll be back again eventually. So many え... But onto お we go. Ofuna is a funny city, half of it being in Yokohama-shi and half being in Kamakura-shi. Luckily for us and our kana series, the Ofuna Kannon is on the Kamakura side. Kannon-sama is the goddess … Continue reading お is for Ofuna Kannon

え is for Enoden

  Or, to use its full name, Enoshima Dentetsu. Green, purple, blue — both sky and dark, occasionally hawking Coca Cola, with wooden floors if you're lucky, the Enoden line is Kamakura's cute little engine that can, ever so slowly, take you from Kamakura to Fujisawa. Slow, yes — the trip from start to finish … Continue reading え is for Enoden

Hase in the Snow

Taking a bit of a break from Kamakura in Kana to post some photos of the snowstorm from Monday, January 22. It only snows a few times a year here — sometimes only once or twice, so to get this much snow was pretty exciting, especially for this Canuck. While I didn't manage to make … Continue reading Hase in the Snow

え is also for Eisho-ji

Eisho-ji, a nunnery, is one of the newer temples in Kamakura, having been founded during the Edo period. It has ties to both the Tokugawa Shogunate, and to Edo Castle, as the founding nun, Eisho-In-Ni, was a descendent of the founder of Edo Castle, as well as a concubine of Tokugawa Ieyasu, first shogun of … Continue reading え is also for Eisho-ji

え is for Egara Tenjinsha

Another え... Egara Tenjinsha is in eastern Kamakura, just a few minutes from the larger and better-known Kamakura-gu. I had never been until January 2018, and had always thought it to be a rather small, minor shrine. You can imagine my surprise when I reached the top of the stairway to discover shrine grounds fairly … Continue reading え is for Egara Tenjinsha