Well, the rainy season is in full swing today—it's been pouring all morning. So, I thought umbrellas would be a good choice for the day.
The pickle shop had heaps more fantastic-looking pickle displays, but it was filling up with visitors, so I thought I'd better back off with my iPad. I'll try to get down another day to snap some shots of the mountains of ume boshi (pickled plum).
Pickles again. What can I say? They all looked amazing. These are gobo (burdock root) pickles.
Umbrella shops make me imagine a world like that described by Emile Zola in Au Bonheur des Dames. It's magical—the colours, styles... This particular shop is on Komachi Dori.
Komachi Dori is the main tourist shopping street in Kamakura. Amongst the knick-knacks and restaurants, there's a small pickle shop with lots of free samples. We arrived just as a shopkeeper set out a new mountain of eggplant pickles. Love the colour.