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
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
It's burning hot out there, but there's plenty of ocean to cool down in. The other day, Hisashi took Kaede out for a splash. Low tide is the best time for a play, but depending on the stretch of beach, high tide is okay, too.
Is there anything nicer than a cool walk on the beach at dusk? The beach is rather covered with sea junk thanks to wave action from various typhoons, but an evening stroll still feels pretty sweet.
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.
Summer nights in Japan mean drums and flutes. Not every night of course, though depending on where you live, it can get to feeling that way. Kaede and I love matsuri music, so we hopped onto the tail-end of this small neighbourhood festival and walked a few blocks with them.
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
A kite pulls up from a swoop to get kebab at a Kamakura festival. I should try to get a recording of kites calling. It's a wonderful sound.
Hydrangeas, or ajisai, are the flowers of June and the rainy season in Kamakura. Everywhere you look, tufts of blue, white and pink turn the city into a rainbow. Too bad their appearance coincides with day after day of rain (which so far at least has been fairly scarce this year).
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