Photo of the Day: Torii Close-up

Red torii gates are the best torii gates as far as I'm concerned, and if they have kanji engraved on them, so much the better. This gate is from a small shrine just around the corner from where we live. We walk by the steep steps leading to it every day, but it wasn't until … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Torii Close-up

Photo of the Day: Windsurfing

Kamakura isn't just temples and shrines. Being surrounded by the ocean and thickly forested hills—the same reasons that made it a good, strong capital—make it a good, strong choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Those without equipment can rent and/or take lessons from various outfitters and water-sport schools in the area. Of course, not all activities require … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Windsurfing

Photo of the Day: Kamakura Station, Enoden Line

Clearly, I was playing around with filters with this photo. But I just couldn't capture the je ne sais quoi of the station with my iPad mini and unskilled hands. And filter apps are just way too much fun sometimes. As suggested by the title, this is the Enoden Line's Kamakura Station, taken towards JR's … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Kamakura Station, Enoden Line

Photo of the Day: Hatsuwakame

Hatsumode (first shrine visit of the year), hatsuyuki (first snowfall of the year), hatsuyume (first dream of the year), hatsuhinode (first sunrise of the year), hatsu...wakame (first wakame harvest of the year). Sure, why not? A neighbour knocked on our door just before 7am Friday morning to give us a bundle of fresh, shiny brown … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hatsuwakame

Photo of the Day: A Frog’s Life

This fellow had his photo taken during our first snowfall of the year, January 1st. He lives just up the hill from us at Joju-in (Joju Temple), famous for its hydrangeas in June and July. Joju-in sits at the top of a hill, and is accessible by stairway from both the top and bottom of … Continue reading Photo of the Day: A Frog’s Life

Photo of the Day: Pretty in Pink

Yuigahama Beach might not be overflowing with exotic seashells of curious shape and astounding size, but it is home to a delicately beautiful shell named for cherry blossoms. Sakuragai (sakura=cherry; gai/kai=shell) are found only along Kamakura's small stretch of beach, and honest-to-goodness look like the petals. More than once, I've bent down to pick one … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Pretty in Pink

Photo a Day: Komyo-ji

Komyo-ji is just shy of two kilometers from Kamakura Station. The distance means that it's off the beaten track and a little quieter than some of the better known temples. Don't let the distance discourage you, though, as it's worth the hike out - unlike many of the other temples and shrines, visitors can actually … Continue reading Photo a Day: Komyo-ji

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