The best part about June? Fireflies.
He wanted a photo of the new Hachimangu Dori/Wakamiya-oji sakura avenue, and I wanted a photo of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu's main building framed by a torii gate. I think mine turned out okay. I hope his did, too.
For the past few years, Kamakura has been tearing up the old road to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu. It used to be a raised and walled walkway through the middle of the modern road, bordered with old cherry trees. Now, it's, well, different. I admit to liking the old road better. Much, much better. But, safety is … Continue reading Rising Sun Sakura
Today, we finally made it down to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, the main shrine in Kamakura. It was actually a good thing it took us so long to make it down, though, as the cherry blossoms weren't quite at 100%. Maybe later this week... They were still pretty spectacular, though. Kamakura isn't really known for sakura—the city's … Continue reading Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Sakura
A hike around town on a cold day requires a few stops for snacks and warming up. Last month, Kaede and I hiked around town gathering stamps in our goshuincho. It was fairly chilly, so we stopped at the cafe at Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu. Kaede went with Jagarico (a kind of stick-shaped potato chip, that, !!!, … Continue reading Break Time
Back to the turtles. It's been incredibly rainy here, so no new pics as we've been stuck at home. But turtles are always a good thing.
I thought it was about time we had another fish photo. These guys live in a gorgeous pond outside a gorgeous soba restaurant. I have no clue how good the soba is, but their landscaping is fabulous.
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu has white pigeons. We thought they were pretty special, and it looked like at least one of them thought Kaede was, too.
Now, I knew this was a turtle, and I guessed that it was a "suppon", a Chinese soft-shelled turtle. But, I thought it would be more fun to let my imagination run wild. What could you imagine it to be? As an aside, suppon are a kind of snapping turtle, so best not to get … Continue reading Photo of the Day: It Came From the Deep
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu is famous for its lotus flowers. It has two huge ponds overflowing with them. Sadly, they bloom at the hottest time of year—and the busiest—so we didn't make it out to see them. Last week, the weather finally cooled down and we headed out to see what we could see. Not too many … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hachiman Gardens