The goldfish got an awning of sorts for their clay pot this summer. These guys are one of the highlights of our walk home from Kamakura Station. I was happy to see that they're getting some help staying cool.
While walking down Yuigahama Dori, I crossed paths with this most dignified fellow in summer kimono (yukata) and walking stick. I couldn't help myself—I dawdled behind him and snuck a snapshot.
If you keep an eye on the ground as you walk down Yuigahama Dori (left side of the road if you're heading towards Hasedera, right if you're heading to Kamakura Station), you might just spot a few fish swimming behind some mesh. Three fish swim in and out of the unagiyasan (eel restaurant) under the … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Protected Fish
It's festival season in Kamakura, with little goings-on happening all over the place. This past Sunday at the park by Yuigahama Beach, there were heaps of booths with activities, games, presentations, and, of course, food. One booth had a box of old-school toys in it, including some koma spinning tops. To play, you wrap a … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Helping Hands
Spring in Japan blooms on trees, with ume (plum) in February and sakura (cherry) in late March being the most eagerly anticipated. Having grown up in Canada, I'm used to spring sprouting from the ground and up through the last of the snow in late March to early April, not bursting forth from trees in … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Ume Bloomin’
These are honest-to-goodness real melons. Teeny tiny ones. They're called "uri" (pronounced "uli"), and come in several different varieties. I love these because they look like watermelons for tiny people. Maybe the Borrowers eat melons such as these...
There is a wind-up key on the back of this car. If you look very carefully, you'll be able to see it. Now, I assume that it's just there for looks, but one never knows with eccentric motor vehicles and their equally eccentric owners. This particular car is usually parked in front of one of … Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Wind-Up Car
They look pretty fierce, but stacked up like that takes a bit of their bite away. These guys are another one of the fabulous window displays along Yuigahama Road. They're not always obvious—more often than not, they're just tiny embellishments–so you'll need a sharp eye (or someone whose eye level is considerably lower than your … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Daruma Stacking
Wandering the streets of Kamakura, be prepared to be assailed by earnest and uber-enthusiastic rickshaw drivers. Usually young, strong men, they stand ready with broad smiles, kind words, and fantastic split-toed tabi boots. It's hard to say no to their charm, but I'd be dead broke if I went everywhere by rickshaw. In fact, so … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Where Rickshaws Sleep
Another one of the whimsical little creatures that call Kamakura's shopping streets home, this little guy keeps shop along Yuigahama Dori. This wee creature somehow reminds me of a book a teacher read me long, long ago. I believe it had to do with a mouse (natch) and a giant strawberry. No strawberry in the … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Beware of Guard… Dormouse