The shrine on Enoshima just keeps going and going and going. Up the hill, around a corner, up again, another corner... It covers quite a bit of territory, mostly going up.
Climbing up the many, many stairs to the top of Enoshima provides the climber with several brilliant views of the harbour and cities beyond. I can't quite recall just how far we could see, but the lights in the background are either Kamakura or Zushi, or a combination of the two.
Today, the shrine in this picture (in Enoshima) will be overrun with people making their first shrine visit of the year. It will be overflowing with people even before the new year begins. They'll be returning the charms they bought last year, and buying new ones for this year. They'll be praying, and trying to … Continue reading
While wandering around Enoshima's illumination display, I came across this map.
More lanterns from Enoshima, this time zigzagging up a hill at the start of the shrine's sando. Shrines and temples in Japan are getting ready for hatsumode, the first shrine/temple visit of the year. Lanterns are glowing all over the place.
While in Enoshima the other night to see the illuminations, I snapped a few pics of the shrine. It's beautiful and sprawling, and full of red lanterns, which I love.
After spending an awful lot of time inside over the past few days, we decided to head out for an evening of illumination viewing. Japan is big on lights, and in our area, the best known is Enoshima's display. It didn't disappoint. The lights will be on until February 14. More info (in Japanese) here.
Santa Claus was at Enoshima tonight for photo ops. Some of those waiting for a pic were dressed more festively than others...
Kamakura Koko-Mae Station is one of the more beautiful stations along the Enoden Line. It's not that the station itself is so spectacular, but rather that the view from the station is second-to-none. From Kamakura Koko-Mae, the ocean spreads out in front of you in beautiful shades of blue, Enoshima (island) rises from the sea … Continue reading Kamakura Koko-Mae
As I walked by Enoshima Beach the other day, I noticed a group of people all moving in odd ways at the same time. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a surfing school, and the students were doing a dry-land run of paddle-crouch-stand.