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 it to other parts of town, I did manage to catch three different temples in the snow: Hasedera, Kosoku-ji, and Kotoku-in. The Daibutsu was serene as always, even wrapped up in flurries.
I went on what was supposed to be a short hike to some temples and shrines in town the other day, but which became an epic seven-hour tour of places I haven’t been in ages, and some I’d never visited before. Continue reading “Bamboo Love”
A final (I think) photo from the mantoukai held at Kotoku-in (the Daibutsu) in memory of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: In an Incense Fog”
And we’re back to the mantoukai (Buddhist lantern festival) of March 11. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Capturing Buddha”
The punch perm—a hairstyle popular in days gone by and worn by only the coolest of cats. And the Daibutsu. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Punch Perm Daibutsu”
The temple grounds were almost empty when I arrived—and right up until the ceremony was about to start. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Through the Umbrella”
Costumed visitors to Kotoku-in pay their respects at the mantoukai held in remembrance of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Historical Cosplayers”
Kotoku-in, AKA the Daibutsu, has held a special mantoukai (Buddhist lantern ceremony) for the past few years to pray for those affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and to raise funds. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Prepping Remembrance”
The road to the Daibutsu at Kotoku-in is lined with souvenir shops, a few of which have large gum ball machines full of bouncy balls. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Bubble Buddha”
Considering that the Daibutsu is one of the major reasons people come to Kamakura, it should come as no surprise that it’s probably going to make more than a few appearances. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: More Buddha”