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
Morning eats in the Kamakura area
Hoppy (ホッピー), an almost non-alcoholic beer-like drink, is advertised on a red lantern at a bar just down the street from the inn. Red lanterns signify drinking establishments in Japan, giving nights in the city a warm red glow.
This is one of my favourite characters on Yuigahama Dori. He is the mascot for a ramen shop, which is kind of morbid since, well, pork is often one of the ingredients in ramen. Piggy doesn't seem to mind, though, for he stands guard—chin up, chest out—day in and day out.