Caught this giant mosquito-like creature (can never remember the name...) resting on Oinari-sama at Yakumo Jinja in the fall.
This little shrine was without English-language plaque, so I'm not sure what it's called, but it was out the west side of Kamakura Station and had two rather fabulous trees.
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu is famous for its lotus flowers. It has two huge ponds overflowing with them. Sadly, they bloom at the hottest time of year—and the busiest—so we didn't make it out to see them. Last week, the weather finally cooled down and we headed out to see what we could see. Not too many … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hachiman Gardens
Well, today was supposed to be Kamakura's big fireworks show, but alas, Typhoon #12, while not overhead, is wreaking havoc with the bay and it has been cancelled. So, for this sad, grey day, a somewhat sad, grey shrine.
There is a small shrine down the road from us that gets very few visitors. It's a branch of another shrine in town, so it's not completely neglected, but it does feel rather abandoned.
Everywhere I go, it's hydrangeas, hydrangeas and more hydrangeas.
Trains and flowers—is there anything better?
I love the entrance to Zeniarai Benten, and the tunnel of stone is just the start. Once through the rock, the tunnel continues in the form of substantial wooden torii gates. It's one of the most dramatic shrine entrances in Kamakura.
At the entrance to Amanawa Jinja stands a tall board covered in wooden name tags. I'm not sure exactly what the names are, but often, the names of prominent supporters and donors are written along the sando leading to shrines and temples.
Koi swim in a circle at Zeniarai Benten. Zeniarai has two koi ponds, this one, and one in a back corner and up a set of stone steps.