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.
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.
Yesterday, we saw the dippers. Today, it's money-washing baskets. More tools for expanding your financial holdings at Zeniarai Benten.
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!
From tiny trains to tiny torii. These are from the money-washing cave at Zeniarai Benten.
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
A candle burns at Zeniarai Benten. Just a quick note today as we've happily got a very full house: Happy Easter
A red-bibbed guardian dog framed by a stone lantern at Zeniarai Benten. There's so much more to this shrine than just money washing. First of all, it has one of the most amazing entrances—a tunnel carved out of the hillside. Once through the stone tunnel, visitors walk through yet another tunnel, this time made of … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Through the Lantern Hole
Paper cranes have special power in Japan, something people the world over are familiar with from having heard the story of Sadako, the little girl who died of cancer due to exposure to radiation from the bombing of Hiroshma. She aimed to fold 1000 paper cranes so that her wish to live would come true. … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Crane Collection