This is an unofficial history, recounted to my husband by his kobudo teacher, who assures us that his memory is correct: ***** Once upon a time, some 40 or 50 years ago, the city of Kamakura had a problem: June — the rainy season in the area — saw tourist numbers plummet, and the much-needed … Continue reading A Guide to Kamakura’s Hydrangeas
In Kamakura, June means hydrangeas. Thousands of them. And the tourists just eat it up. One of the most popular spots to take photos is Goryo Jinja, because the always-photogenic Enoden Line train rattles by as it exits the tunnel between Gokuraku-ji and Saka-no-shita.
We dropped by Goryojinja the other day to get a Fukurokuju stamp for our Shichifukujin (Seven Gods of Luck) stamp collection, and took a minute to enjoy the charm of the Enoden train skirting the shrine grounds.
A fuzzy shot of our sweet little train. The entire Enoden Line, from Kamakura to Fujisawa, only takes about 35 or 40 minutes. And it wouldn't take nearly as long if it didn't snake through so many backyards, with barely a foot's clearance (or so it seems) between train and shrubbery. At one point, it … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Kamakura to Fujisawa
Like I said, everywhere I go, this is what I see.
Everywhere I go, it's hydrangeas, hydrangeas and more hydrangeas.
Trains and flowers—is there anything better?
Just what are all these people waiting for, cameras in hand? Why, they're waiting to get a shot of our most adorable little train with hydrangeas in the background. And there was only one thing to do—join them.