Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kamakura

On November 23 we went on a great walking tour with the Tokyo Fulbright Association to Kamakura. Kamakura is very much like a small Kyoto and easily accessible from Tokyo. Our first stop was at the Hasedera Temple.


From the courtyard of the temple you get a great view of the bay and ocean beyond.


It was a national holiday so things were a bit crowded. There was a wonderful group of Jizo behind a small temple.


 And the bell house was really wonderful as well as the surrounding garden.  

                                                                                                                            



 But after Hasedera Temple we went to one of my favorite sites - the Kamakura Daibutsu. It is an extraordinary place!


The Daibutsu was cast in 1262 but since 1495 it has been standing in the open air after the temple was destroyed several times by typhoons and a tsunami.


Surrounded by hills and forest, it is a very serene and peaceful place, even with a crowd of people.

Back in Kamakura I went to the Hachimangu Shrine but it was so crowded I didn't take any pictures. I did get this shot of the torii gates at a small shrine behind the main building.


And it was getting dark and starting to rain so I headed back for a wonderful dinner and gathering with the Fulbright Association to end our day together. (Not a great picture but it was fun!)