Everywhere I go, it's hydrangeas, hydrangeas and more hydrangeas.
Trains and flowers—is there anything better?
I love the entrance to Zeniarai Benten, and the tunnel of stone is just the start. Once through the rock, the tunnel continues in the form of substantial wooden torii gates. It's one of the most dramatic shrine entrances in Kamakura.
At the entrance to Amanawa Jinja stands a tall board covered in wooden name tags. I'm not sure exactly what the names are, but often, the names of prominent supporters and donors are written along the sando leading to shrines and temples.
Koi swim in a circle at Zeniarai Benten. Zeniarai has two koi ponds, this one, and one in a back corner and up a set of stone steps.
Not far up the coast from Kamakura is a lovely little cottage town called Hayama. So lovely is it, that the Imperial Family has a large cottage compound there. We headed out that way the other day, and while we traced the seaside by way of winding roads, I saw a little torii gate out … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Torii in the Water
A box full of origami cranes at Kuzuharaoka Shrine. There are a few unique things about this shrine—coins on strings, heart-shaped prayer tablets, clay dishes for smashing, and this box of paper cranes. Small, but well worth the hike.
Amanawa Jinja, surrounded by an unbelievable amount of green. There's only one word for it: lush
Wash, wash, wash that money. If you've ever wondered how to wash money, it is done with a woven basket and these little hishaku, or dippers. Doing this at Zeniarai Benten is supposed to mean that your fortunes (of the monetary variety) will improve. If only it were so easy!
Lanterns are a dime a dozen in Japan, but that doesn't mean I'm tired of them. Quite the contrary. To me, lanterns are a warm, glowing light in the night that make me feel all home-y and comfortable. This particular lantern is from the entrance to Zeniarai Benten. There was one on either side of … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Evening Lantern