Photo of the Day: Farmers’ Market

The Kamakura farmers' market has been getting a lot of TV time lately. It's not that it's particularly reasonable price-wise, nor that the veggies are superior in taste (though I'm sure some locals would argue that point). What makes it special in my mind is the variety of veggies available. Kamakura, being rather hilly and … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Farmers’ Market

Photo of the Day: House Crab

Crabs aren't just found on the beach—they live in rivers, yards, and even come crawling down the roads. This particular crab made its way to the top of our neighbour's concrete wall, and was enjoying a stroll when Hisashi spied him. He didn't appreciate me getting so close, but did do a bit of posing … Continue reading Photo of the Day: House Crab

Photo of the Day: Marine Day Beach Crowds

Today is Marine Day in Japan, a national holiday. It's also summer holidays (finally! They don't start until about the end of the third week of July here), so the beach is starting to fill up. The beach houses have been open for weeks, and now, with all the beach-goers, it actually feels like summer.

Photo of the Day: Typhoon Prep

Typhoon # 11 is pouring its way through Japan right now, and though Kamakura isn't in the storm's direct path, it's still going to get some wind, rain and wave action. To keep their boats from getting washed away, the fishermen along our beach drag their boats up to street-level—and sometimes pretty much along the … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Typhoon Prep

Photo of the Day: The Octopus

Hisashi has quite an eye for sea creatures. While playing on the beach with Kaede and friends the other day, he noticed a little something somersaulting across the sand. Closer inspection revealed it to be a wee octopus. We had a good look, and the kiddies got to (gently) feel the suction cups and watch … Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Octopus