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
Photo of the Day: Kobo Daishi of Joju Temple
More love for Joju-in, the temple on the hill by our inn. Though it be but small, it is rather photogenic. And convenient. Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai (his name while he was living), was a Buddhist priest and founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. He's a major character in Japanese Buddhism and … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Kobo Daishi of Joju Temple
Photo of the Day: Snowy Dragon
Throwback... Tuesday? This is a shot from our January 1st snowfall. It didn't last long, but it was fun to play around in. The temple at the top of the hill by the inn became our playground, with Kaede and Hisashi even having a bit of a snowball fight.
Photo of the Day: A Frog’s Life
This fellow had his photo taken during our first snowfall of the year, January 1st. He lives just up the hill from us at Joju-in (Joju Temple), famous for its hydrangeas in June and July. Joju-in sits at the top of a hill, and is accessible by stairway from both the top and bottom of … Continue reading Photo of the Day: A Frog’s Life