I told you there’d be more persimmon photos. Continue reading “Hakone Persimmons”
The first winds of winter may have started blowing this week, but the afternoons are still gloriously warm. Continue reading “A Fine Fall Day”
I just can’t get enough of all the persimmons! Continue reading “Orbs of Orange”
Japan loves its seasonal flowers, and one of the big ones for autumn is cosmos. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Cosmos”
You know it’s fall when these red flowers start showing up. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Higanbana”
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. 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. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Close-up Cicada”
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.
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”