Photo of the Day: Lotus Leaves

It's almost lotus season, and the early ones are already budding. These lotus leaves are from a small plant at Kosoku-ji, a small temple next to Hasedera. Kosoku-ji has an impressive garden, but not too many lotus flowers. For a pond-full, head over to Hachimangu, where hundreds upon hundreds of blossoms stretch up towards the … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Lotus Leaves

Photo of the Day: Gentle Curves

Kosoku-ji isn't one of Kamakura's better-known temples, but it has a lot going for it. To begin with, it's got gardens. Huge, beautiful gardens. The plum trees just finished, but now the cherry and peach are in bloom, plus at least two or three other varieties of flowering trees. It's also got history. Okay—all the … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Gentle Curves

Photo of the Day: Cave Priest

Kamakura is a pretty spooky place. It's really not surprising, considering the bloodshed that took place in and around the city. Being the capital of a shogunate that had violently wrenched power away from Kyoto—the imperial capital of Japan—and which had enemies near and far, bent on revenge and thirsty for power, well, something was … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Cave Priest