Photo of the Day: Fish Fins

Fish drying is a common sight in Kamakura. In fact, my husband has taken up the hobby, though he's taking a break over the winter. These fishy were snapped through a shop window along Yuigahama Dori. I likely wouldn't have noticed, but Hisashi has an eye for fish and found them no problem.

Picture Perfect Kamakura

A photo a day keeps boredom at bay—and, I'm told, is worth a thousand words. Which is why my only resolution for this year (well, my only currently planned resolution) is to upload a photo of Kamakura and area each day for your viewing pleasure (I know you're excited; don't deny it). Can I manage … Continue reading Picture Perfect Kamakura

Funa Oroshi

Making a living via the sea isn't an easy path; in fact, it's a downright terrifying one as far as I'm concerned. But then, I'm from a landlocked farming community, so dirt is naturally a far friendlier way of life the way I see things. I guess I'm not alone in my wariness of the … Continue reading Funa Oroshi

Fall in Kamakura: Hokoku-ji

Also known as Take-dera, meaning bamboo temple, Hokoku-ji was founded in 1334. It’s a bit of a hike from Kamakura station, but if you love bamboo groves, it’s a must. The main grounds are open for free wandering, but entrance to the bamboo grove requires payment of a small fee, as does a ticket for … Continue reading Fall in Kamakura: Hokoku-ji

Kamakura History

Lately, I've been trying to untangle the history of the Minamoto family and Kamakura Period-era Kamakura in my head. What with all the names and changing loyalties, it can be mind-boggling to get straight who was who, who was with or against whom, and what on earth was going on. There is a wonderful book … Continue reading Kamakura History

New Year in Kamakura

(Photo by Σ64, via Wikimedia Commons, CC licence)

We finally finished getting prices up on our Rakuten page, and within a day, the two rooms we have available were booked up for New Year's Eve and one of them booked up for the next two days. It's clear to me that Kamakura is the place to be for hatsumode (first shrine visit of … Continue reading New Year in Kamakura

It’s Raining Fish

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons, CC licence)

One of the many perks of living by the ocean is free-of-charge fish drops. This one is from a month or two ago, and clearly, it was a little on the dried-out side. But we had another yesterday morning, and the fish was gloriously fresh. Surprisingly, no kites (of the bird kind) pounced on it, … Continue reading It’s Raining Fish