Indigo-coloured fabric, traditional tie-dyeing, embroidery, weaving—Japanese textiles rock my socks. Both of these photos are from a little souvenir shop by Hase Dera. It's a fantastic little store full of used kimono, dishes, geta sandals, and all sorts of other knickknacks that are so tempting to buy. And the shopkeeper is just lovely.
Last Sunday, I took three of Kamakura's hikes and crammed them all together into an epic around-the-city hiking adventure. The Daibutsu-Kuzuharaoka hike took me from Hase to Kita-Kamakura, where I took the road that runs up to the left past Meigetsu-in to join the Ten-en course. Rather than cutting out at the Zuisen-ji path, I … Continue reading Hiking Foxes
Kamakura Koi Nobori
Every year, someone flies a great long kite of koi nobori at Yuigahama Beach. It looks amazing. The other photos are just random koi nobori from around town. I wish they flew all year long.
Usually, mikuji (fortunes) are sold at temples and shrines. But sometimes, you can get them out of a gum machine. Because, why not?
Just as the last of the cherry blossoms fall to the ground, the wisteria vines start to bloom. While there are a few gorgeous wisteria vines in our neighbourhood, by far my favourite is the vine (are the vines?) on this house. It looks to me like the wisteria might topple it over at any … Continue reading Wisteria Season
He wanted a photo of the new Hachimangu Dori/Wakamiya-oji sakura avenue, and I wanted a photo of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu's main building framed by a torii gate. I think mine turned out okay. I hope his did, too.
Rising Sun Sakura
For the past few years, Kamakura has been tearing up the old road to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu. It used to be a raised and walled walkway through the middle of the modern road, bordered with old cherry trees. Now, it's, well, different. I admit to liking the old road better. Much, much better. But, safety is … Continue reading Rising Sun Sakura
As much as I love sakura blossoms still on the tree, I have a special place in my heart for the ones covering the ground. They remind me of soft pink snow.
We stopped by a harbour in Hayama, a small town up the coast from Kamakura, and I decided that boats need to be painted bright colours. It's a beautiful little place, with an amazing view of Mt. Fuji over the water. What makes it even better is that there's a torii gate out in the … Continue reading Hayama Boats
Kosoku-ji, a small temple not far from Hasedera, has absolutely fantastic gardens.Even before you get to the gardens, though, there are absolutely fantastic cherry trees - and today, they were pretty much at their peak. I admit to setting this next shot up. Not at first, but I decided that the blossoms that were already … Continue reading Kosoku-ji Blossoms