I told you there'd be more persimmon photos. I just can't.get.enough. These were miniature persimmons–I'd never seen such a thing! They looked almost like cherry tomatoes hanging on a vine. We came across them at the Picasso Museum in Hakone, a hot-spring area about an hour/hour-and-a-half from Kamakura.
The first winds of winter may have started blowing this week, but the afternoons are still gloriously warm. Hisashi bought a small boat the other day, fulfilling a year-long dream, and took Kaede out for a little row. By the time I joined them on the beach, they were back to shore, and Kaede was … Continue reading A Fine Fall Day
I just can't get enough of all the persimmons! I loooooooove persimmon trees (kaki): colour, shape, variety, sparsely leafed, full of foliage... I love them all! So you'll probably be seeing more persimmons before the season ends.
Japan loves its seasonal flowers, and one of the big ones for autumn is cosmos. So pretty.
You know it's fall when these red flowers start showing up. You also know it's time to get yourself to the family grave to do some tidying and paying of respects. Just don't touch them, or you'll end up in a certain amount of distress—they're poisonous.
Maybe I was sheltered as a child, but until I came to Japan, I had never seen a persimmon. I didn't even know what they were. In fact, until I was about 21 and had a friend purchase a "persimmon coloured" shawl, I had not even an inkling what "persimmon" might be. After that, I … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Persimmon Orange
This poor fellow was sitting on the side of the road squeaking, and after I took some photos, promptly flew off, right into a wall. Methinks his days are numbered. But then, all cicadas are in the same boat at the moment.
Throwback... Monday, with a photo of fall colours at Kamakura-gu. Kamakura-gu has a white torii, which isn't too common, but not unheard of. Most torii in the area are either unpainted or red. The white is a nice change, and let's the fall colours really shine.
A bit of flashback Friday for today's photo, taken back in the fall. The morning after Typhoon 19 (Vongfang) blew through, I snuck out to snap a few pics of the weather clearing. Good weather after a typhoon is called "taifu ikka", and the sky post-19 didn't disappoint.
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