Kamakura - Zen and Surfing

Kamakura Travel Blog

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Some students from Azuma Elementary School wanted a picture with a Westerner and to practice their English...they sent this to me three months later!

Forced myself out of bed around 11:30 and dragged myself across the street to the train station to go down to Kamakura on a noonish train.  Bought a sandwich at a kiosk and ate that on the way down as I needed something (why did I drink Tequila shots last night!)  Got down to Kamakura a little before 1, got some tourist info from the desk at the train station, and started walking over to the Kotoku-in for the Daibutsu (Great Buddah statue).  First stop on the way…Starbucks! 

 

Over the next five hours, I walked around Kamakura visiting Kotoku-in and the Daibutsu, Hase-dera Temple, Yuigahama Beach (I have never seen so many surfers on one beach before!), Wakamiya Oji, Tsurugaokahachimangu Shrine, Kencho-Ji Temple, and Engaku-Ji Temple.

  Meigetsu-in was closed already when I got there, and after Engaku-Ji, I decided to just hop on the train back to Shinagawa rather than try to hit Tokei-Ji and Jochi-ji, as they were probably closed already (it was close to 6PM already).  Kencho-Ji is one of the centers of Zen Buddhism in Japan, and relaxing on the deck behind the Hojo (Main Hall) overlooking the garden was the most peaceful part of the day.

 

The weather was not so bad, a little hot and humid, which was good as I managed to sweat out whatever alcohol affects I had from the night before, coupled with quite a few hits to the vending machines for water and replenishment drinks (Pocari Sweat, Aquarius, etc.) 

 

Got back to Tokyo, had dinner at a Yakitori place in the Wing shopping area across from my hotel, then went to sleep

 

All in all, another good day!

poohstanggt says:
Seems like such a reoccuring theme throughout your blog "hungover" LOL
Posted on: Feb 16, 2009
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Some students from Azuma Elementar…
Some students from Azuma Elementa…
Just a little hung over...
Just a little hung over...
Train to Kamakura
Train to Kamakura
Kamakura station
Kamakura station
Clock tower in front of Kamakura
Clock tower in front of Kamakura
Im jealous...
I'm jealous...
Daibutsu
Daibutsu
Me and the Great Buddah
Me and the Great Buddah
Hase-dura Temple
Hase-dura Temple
View of the beach from hase-dura
View of the beach from hase-dura
Cave at Hase-dura
Cave at Hase-dura
The figurines inside the cave
The figurines inside the cave
Abbey Road?
Abbey Road?
The beaches of Kamakura
The beaches of Kamakura
Surf Paradise...
Surf Paradise...
Start of Wakamiya Oji
Start of Wakamiya Oji
Wakamiya Oji
Wakamiya Oji
Entrance to Tsurugaokahachimangu S…
Entrance to Tsurugaokahachimangu …
Tsurugaokahachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaokahachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaokahachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaokahachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaokahachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaokahachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaokahachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaokahachimangu Shrine
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji
Kencho-Ji Hojo
Kencho-Ji Hojo
Zen Garden of Kencho-Ji Hojo
Zen Garden of Kencho-Ji Hojo
Zen Garden of Kencho-Ji Hojo
Zen Garden of Kencho-Ji Hojo
Engaku-Ji Temple
Engaku-Ji Temple
Kamakura
photo by: poison_dee