Onari Shotengai, out the west side of Kamakura Station, doesn't get much press, being overshadowed by Komachi Dori, the shopping street out the east side. But it has a lot going for it. The past year or so has seen quite a few new shops open along the shopping street, including cafes, jewellery shops … Continue reading お is for Onari Shotengai
We're finally leaving え, though I'm guessing we'll be back again eventually. So many え... But onto お we go. Ofuna is a funny city, half of it being in Yokohama-shi and half being in Kamakura-shi. Luckily for us and our kana series, the Ofuna Kannon is on the Kamakura side. Kannon-sama is the goddess … Continue reading お is for Ofuna Kannon
Or, to use its full name, Enoshima Dentetsu. Green, purple, blue — both sky and dark, occasionally hawking Coca Cola, with wooden floors if you're lucky, the Enoden line is Kamakura's cute little engine that can, ever so slowly, take you from Kamakura to Fujisawa. Slow, yes — the trip from start to finish … Continue reading え is for Enoden
Eisho-ji, a nunnery, is one of the newer temples in Kamakura, having been founded during the Edo period. It has ties to both the Tokugawa Shogunate, and to Edo Castle, as the founding nun, Eisho-In-Ni, was a descendent of the founder of Edo Castle, as well as a concubine of Tokugawa Ieyasu, first shogun of … Continue reading え is also for Eisho-ji
Another え... Egara Tenjinsha is in eastern Kamakura, just a few minutes from the larger and better-known Kamakura-gu. I had never been until January 2018, and had always thought it to be a rather small, minor shrine. You can imagine my surprise when I reached the top of the stairway to discover shrine grounds fairly … Continue reading え is for Egara Tenjinsha
Kamakura is more than just history.
Home of the biggest bell in Kamakura.
Inari, or O-Inari-san, is the Shinto god of rice. He’s often depicted with a few foxes — his messengers — so it’s not surprising that shrines dedicated to O-Inari-san overflow with fox statues and trinkets. Sasuke Inari Shrine, Kamakura’s shrine dedicated to O-Inari-san, is no different, with foxes here, there and everywhere; in every nook and cranny of … Continue reading い is for Inari
Amanawa Jinja, which enshrines Amaterasu, the sun goddess, is the oldest shrine in Kamakura.
Introducing Kamakura, one kana at a time.