I call this my procrastination post. I have plenty more pictures to post, and should get one done this weekend. But for those of you who wonder what’s coming up, here’s what to expect:
I will first get caught up with Exploring Japan (and others), with the following:
- Samukawa Shrine
- Kamakura Festival 2010
- Sky Tree and Ryogoku
- My giant 35km walk from Kamakura to Jogashima (Kamakura, Zushi, Hayama, Yokosuka, Miura)
- Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden
- Enoshima (this is a big one)
- Ofuna (artistic photos)
- Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park
- Odaiba – Miraikan
- Kamakura temples (3 featured temples)
- Yuigahama Beach (again)
- Kurihama and Perry Park
- Teien Art Museum
- My big 26km Kamakura to Oiso walk (Kamakura, Fujisawa, Chigasaki, Hiratsuka, Oiso)
After that, I will finally get to work on Japan by Train, as well as Flashback. I still have many photos from 2005-2009 to post, including Atami, Odawara, Kamakura, many from Tokyo, Yokohama, hiking photos, museums, and mountain climbing, including Mt Fuji, Takaosan and Oyama. So much to do! On top of that, I’ll be doing my other new blog.
I’ve just started a new blog! Please check it out! It’s called Foreign Dad in Japan. It’s about my adventures of becoming a dad in Japan, and hopefully will be enjoyed by many of my regular readers. It won’t affect this blog, which I will continue to update regularly. So, please check out the new blog!
I’m not a soccer fan, but I am very happy Japan won the Women’s World Cup. This should be a huge morale boost for Japan, which is still feeling the effects of the earthquake and tsunami. What I am disgusted about is how many Americans on Twitter and elsewhere have been badmouthing Japan with comments about Pearl Harbor and racial slurs. Honestly, grow up and take the loss like an adult who doesn’t dwell on the past. It’s a great thing for Japan to have this win.
On a related note, I wasn’t upset and insulting Americans when the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup. Boston deserved the win. Japan deserved this win.
This was my third stop in my Spring in Kamakura walk. Engakuji is located near Kita-Kamakura station, and is easy to get to. It’s not as large as Kenchoji, but it is still quite large. It was founded in 1282, and is one of the most important Zen Buddhist temples in Japan. Hojo Tokimune, a once ruler of Japan, is buried here. Enjoy the spring pictures!
Barely blooming cherry blossoms in front of Engakuji's Sanmon.
Cherry tree and temple buildings.
This is a great tree. Notice the caves in the cliff behind it?
Another collection of temple buildings. Engakuji is a large complex.
At the back of the temple complex, there's a garden with plenty of flowers.
A closeup of some of the flowers.
Engakuji is a very green temple. Plenty of trees surrounded by the hills of the Kamakura Alps.
As I said, Engakuji is very easy to get to. I used to be able to walk there from my old apartment in Ofuna within 15 minutes. Here’s a map:
This is part 2 of 3 of my Springtime in Kamakura set of photos. After Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, I visited Kenchoji. Kenchoji is the most important Zen training monasteries in Japan, and is also quite old. It was started in 1253. These photos are not a guide to Kenchoji, as I only feature flowers and the temple’s Main Gate, or Sanmon. Enjoy the photos.
With cherry trees beginning to bloom, here is the Sanmon (Main Gate) of Kenchoji, which was built in 1754.
The Sanmon is hiding behind some blossoms.
There aren't many cherry blossoms yet.
Here's a great tree.
A close-up of some blossoms that have yet to bloom.
There are other flowers at Kenchoji, too.
To find Kenchoji, check out this map. It can be accessed by walking south from Kita-Kamakura Station or walking north from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.
Every year, I’ve managed to post something about Tanabata. This year, there were a lot of bamboo plants in Shonandai Station where you can write your wish and tie it on a branch. I did that last week. Here’s the picture.