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This picture shows just how beautiful it is right now.  There are some trees that are nearly in full bloom, but most are still just starting out.  Next week, the trees will be in full bloom.  It’ll be great for pictures!


It’s sakura time!


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2012 Picture of the Week (16/52) – Signs of spring

It’s definitely spring now. I love this time of year, not only because of the comfortable weather in the low 20s, but also because of the fresh new leaves and plant growth. The bright green colour is wonderful. Here are some interesting flowers surrounded by green.


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Exploring Japan: Engakuji in Spring – March 26, 2010

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:


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Exploring Japan: Spring at Kenchoji – March 26, 2010

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.

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Picture of the Week 51 – Nakamura Koen

A few weeks ago, I took some pictures after a snowfall, and one of them was this path in a local park, Nakamura Koen. The change in seasons makes a big difference. It’s so green!


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Cherry blossoms at night

This time of year in Japan is well known for cherry blossoms. Although they are late this year, they are almost fully blooming. Last night, I was walking along the Hikichigawa River in Fujisawa, and had a great opportunity to take some night photos with my iPhone. In popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) locations, they are lit up. However, due to the power shortage caused by the tsunami, this is not possible this year. But I could find some lights on the path along the river. The different colours are from the lights. Enjoy the pictures!


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