Amanawa Jinja, which enshrines Amaterasu, the sun goddess, is the oldest shrine in Kamakura.
It isn't easy being a rickshaw driver. Can you imagine trying to run a cart all over town with city buses blowing past you? I am amazed by these guys (and gals! Saw a female rickshaw driver just the other day).
Growing up in a colder climate, the only fruit trees I came across with any regularity were apple, and to a lesser extent, pear; and even less frequently, cherry, peach and plum. Here in Tokyo/Kanagawa, I've lost the apple and pear, but gained persimmon and quince. I didn't know either fruit by sight (or even … Continue reading Night Quince
The other window at the rice shop. Love it.
Towards the downtown end of Yuigahama Dori is an antique shop full of furniture. And then there's this one, full of random bits and pieces of days gone by. This one is much more interesting to walk by.
I love this shop. It sells rice, rice and more rice, which isn't unusual at all here in Japan. But, it's the fanciest rice shop I've ever seen, and that makes me happy. Boutique rice.
Kaede and I went on an evening stroll down Yuigahama Dori (street), and discovered that it's got a different feel at night. Which really shouldn't come as a surprise, but somehow, I wasn't expecting it. The next few posts will be random shops we walked by that drew my attention.
Aloe in Japan grows to monstrous size. Growing up in a cold-climate country, I'd only ever seen aloe grown indoors in pots. Boy, was I surprised when I got here and saw it waterfalling out of gardens and overflowing from pots.
Goya, or bitter melon (not "bumpy cucumber" as I first called it), grows in profusion here. People give it away the way I remember neighbours begging us to take zucchini off their hands as a kid. It's bitter, but delicious. We mostly eat it in goya champuru, an Okinawan dish with tofu and... Spam. I … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Goya
Between being busy with the inn and the oppressive afternoon heat, we didn't get a chance to make it across town to see the lotus flowers at Hachimangu. I had actually completely forgotten, but then came across this lotus flower head on a walk. Such a shame! But at least the blossom-less heads are still … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Lotus Leftovers