Nara Travel: Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine)

Click images to enlarge. All photos by Mark Schumacher. Book by Patricia J. Graham The model hinges open from the back to reveal a complex wooden lattice structure. Pages 20, 21, Toyotomi founded this Tendai-sect temple and ordered the creation of its giant monument to honor the spirit of his dead mother and his ancestors. After his own death it became the Toyotomi mortuary temple.

‘Temple matchmaking’ event in Kamakura a major hit

Jojuin is known as its scenic beauty. Established in the Kamakura Period,the temple has a long and distinguishad history. The site of the temple is a sacred place where Kukai also known posthumously as Kobo Daishi held the Goma and Kokuzo Gumonjiho rituals when he went on a pilgrimage in the Heian Period. The temple was founded by the third Hojo regent of the Kamakura shogunate, Hojo Yasutoki, who invited a high priest from Kyoto to pray for the prosperity of the Hojo family.

In , when Nitta Yoshisada defeated the Kamakura government, a fierce battle took place here and the maim hall went up in flames.

These are the gods of matchmaking. If you throw coins into an offertory box and then pray to the gods seriously your desires will be answered! 6) Another fun thing along the course are the flowers as they bloom in season. I saw a beautiful hedge of camellia and daffodils in full bloom. Kamakura samurai traveled along the same route

The town is a popular destination during the summer for beach tourism, from late June to late August the beaches are usually full of people, although “sunbathing” is not at all part of their culture it is not uncommon to see people dressed under the sun on the beach. I don’t say anything about the water temperature, pollution because I never got the idea to take a bath, however, with the exception of Okinawa, I never heard good things about the Japanese sea.

During the rest of the year the beaches are empty but the waters are still full of people surfing and practicing various other sports that need wind, the area is in fact quite windy we are in front of the Pacific Ocean! Hase and Yuigahama along the Enoshima Electric Railway that you can take from Kamakura station are very close to Yuigahama beach.

Kamakura beaches in summer West of Yuigahama, closing the bay, there is the Inamuragasaki cape closest station: Inamuragasaki station along the Enoshima Electric Railway.

5 of Kamakura’s Most Overlooked Temples and Shrines

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At a total length of 7km, Kamakura Beach has plenty to offer such as swimming areas, a place for marine sports, and parks. Along with the Enoshima Railway that runs along the coastline, Kamakura Beach represents the city of Kamakura. A swimming area in the summer, a dating spot in the winter With the start of the swimming season in early July, a Shinto ritual is held at the beach to pray for marine safety.

There are 3 swimming areas in Kamakura.

A shrine resting on top of Kaga’s sacred Mount Hakusan and a place to worship the enshrined Kikurihime Okami, the goddess of matchmaking. It is an old shrine built from year and there are about 3, hydrangea that decorate the way to Hakusan park.

Kuzuharaoka Jinja sometimes referred to as Kuzuharagaoka Shrine owes its existence to the execution of Hino Toshimoto, a scholar famed for his poetry. Hino, a court official loyal to Emperor Go-Daigo, was twice caught plotting to overthrow the Kamakura Shogunate. Though released the first time, he was found guilty and sentenced to death the second time.

In June the exact day varies depending on the source — in fact, the year does, too , Hino was executed where the shrine now stands. Roughly years later, Kuzuharaoka Shrine was established, with the spirit of Hino Toshimoto the object of worship. Though the shrine is not one of the main hydrangea-viewing shrines, it should be. The enshrined deity is Daikoku-sama, who in addition to being one of the Shichi Fukujin Seven Gods of Fortune is also known as a god of matchmaking.

Not surprisingly, the ema or votive plaque at Kuzuharaoka is in the shape of a heart. Temples in Kamakura always seem small and compact to me. Even if the grounds are large, there are hillsides and towering trees to make them seem not so. Kencho-ji, however, about 1km from Kita-Kamakura Station and 1.


Historical Heritage Old town and immediate vicinity Since the Kamakura period, the community of Miyajima has been gradually developing, and there is an atmosphere of subtle simplicity in daily life unique to Miyajima. Please take your time to explore the area. Machiya-Dori Machiya-dori After it was reclaimed in the beginning of the Edo period, Machiya Dori used to be called Honmachi Suji, and it was the main street during the most prosperous era in Miyamina.

After the war, during the Showa period, entertainment venues such as a movie theater and coffee shops disappeared, and tourists flocked to the Omotesando shopping area, which had become the economic lifeline of the people who lived there. Since then, the area has been called Machiya Dori, and stylish modern inns and art galleries with traditional style machiya architecture have been built.

Located about 40 miles south of Tokyo, Kamakura used to be the de facto capital of Japan after Minamoto Yoritomo, the country’s first shogun, chose it as the seat of his power in But although Kamakura’s history is closely linked to samurai, it’s mainly known today as a city of a hundred.

As a result of defeat, around samurai commited ritual suicide presumably by seppuku , with an estimated local citizens reported to have imitated their actions too. Around this time, Zen buddhism flourished in Kamakura, and there are still about 65 Temples in the city, many considered important to the Zen sect.

On arrival at Kamakura Station, we were lucky to happen upon a friendly group of English speaking volunteer guides called the Kamakura Welcome Guides, who run tours every weekday with advance notice, and free tours every Friday, in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese and Korean. Gratefully, we set off under their guidance.

This is Tsurogaoka Hachimangu, a prominent shrine 15 minutes walk from Kamakura Station……. The highlight is on the final day, with a display of ancient military skills on horseback, in a tradition dating back to the days of the shogunate. The best archers would each try to hit three targets while riding by on a horse, in an effort to impress the shogun. Their success rate was considered not only to show military might, but to predict the success of the upcoming autumn harvest.

If they missed all three targets, they could be expected to commit seppuku theme developing here…. Next was Hokokuji Temple, also known as the bamboo temple because of the small bamboo forest in its grounds, where you can enjoy a relaxing green tea. Here are the pictures…. This one is borrowed from dphotographer.

The original wooden one was destroyed twice by typhoons, but this bronze effort has survived a number of Typhoons, Tsunami and the great Kanto Earthquake in over its year lifespan, unlike the temples that once covered it. Evidence suggests that the statue was originally covered in gold leaf.

Shirahige Shrine

Available Historical Overview Microsoft’s Encarta Encyclopedia introduces this cast-in-bronze statue as “the city’s most celebrated landmark”. Grolier encyclopedia also says the statue is “the historic landmark”. To any Japanese who refer to Kamakura, the first thing that crosses their mind would probably be this Great Buddha or Daibutsu as is commonly called. In fact, it is a National Treasure and one of the centerpieces of the city’s cultural heritages.

What was the motive and who instructed to build such a huge statue?

The stone steps and bell tower of Jochiji Temple, the “temple matchmaking” event location, are seen in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Sept. 5,

With autumn colors available at temples close to Kita-Kamakura and Kamakura Stations, even a half-day trip to this picturesque city is enough! In most parts of Kamakura, the foliage is usually at its peak from late November to early December, so plan accordingly! Genjiyama Park In Genjiyama Park, the leaves start to turn slightly earlier than other places in Kamakura. The autumn colors span the entire mountain, making it a great place for a stroll. The colorful leaves pop with profound beauty against the dark night sky.

Hasedera Temple is worth a visit during the day, too; the temple complex sprawls along a hillside and has some great panoramic views. Read more in Japanese at AllAbout. The temple staff will offer you a thorough minute tour of the grounds. Here, the foliage of the temple grounds is magnificent.

Kyokushin karate Kamakura kids/juniors. Den Haag.( Olaf)

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