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I really enjoy your postings, makes me want to go to Japan again.


I think the belief is that if you fold a thousand cranes, you can get a wish granted. Because of the story Sadako and the Thousand Cranes the cranes have come to symbolize world peace. Beautiful pictures! We live near Lake Erie and when it's swimming season there are similar signs posted that warn you when the bacteria count of the water is too high


Beautiful pictures!!! I love the second one!

I think paper cranes are so beautiful- I might have to make sure I can still remember how to do it!

Judy Izumi

Your photos are beautiful. Your blog is very interesting and delightful to read. I will try your Kamakura hike when I return to Japan in October. Any chance you do cooking lessons?


Kamakura indeed is a small heaven. No one can beat the Japanese in miniaturizing the beauty of nature. I had visited the shrine on a day when there was the festival of thanking the divine on the attainment of age 3,5,7 and 9 by children.

Women dressed in the traditional garb of Kimono represented another world with children dressed in the same way. On the same day there was also a dahlia show inside the temple. Thanks for the beautiful images.


My wife and I, along with my wife's parents did an overnight trip to Kamakura a few weeks ago. we stayed at the Nissan Company hotel there, a subsidized hotel and baths for current and former employees. It was quite nice.

We visited Hase and Daibutsu on the first day and then hit Meigutsuin on the next. What I remember most about Hase are the hydrangea and the little cave at the base of the temple (not the one you mention in your post).

When we were at Meigutsuin, I noticed a section of the hillside which featured some rather perilous looking switchbacks. The area had been roped off, and I assumed it was no longer in use. I hope that area isn't part of the trail you followed. Yikes!

I did notice the dirty beaches, but I thought the water was rather clean (clean-looking, that is), and there were a lot of surfers where we were. I wonder why they don't hear the same advisories you hear. Hmmm... Maybe you were on a different beach, not that it makes a huge difference.

We visited Enoshima, which if you're looking for a hike with stairs, is well worth it. It's not too far from Kamakura. I think we spotted that gelato place too, but we didn't go in because we were on our way somewhere else. I'm curious as to how you got a train from Kamakura to Tokyo. I thought the Enoden line was the only service around. At least that's what I was told.

I've decided to retire in Kamakura. That news about the polluted water makes me want to reconsider. I know the house I'm going to buy and have an alternate choice just in case I can't buy the first one. But I might have to wash my money first so that it doubles.


I really envy the sharpness and brilliance of your pictures. They never cease to amaze me!

If you want a place with some hiking and Buddhism entwined, you need to visit Nokogiriyama in Chiba. There are incredible views of Tokyo Bay and the Pacific from the top of the cable car, as well as thousands of brilliant arhat statues to walk amongst and admire, as well as statues of giant statues Kannon and Buddha.

There's a Metropolis feature with information on how to get there:


It's an unsung highlight of Chiba, and a place I would have loved to revisit at some point.


I live near Enoshima and I dont know where you are getting your info from but the locals think the water is fine. I go swimming often and the only concern is jelly fish not pollution. The water is tested often and is not a concern. Sorry to say but you`ve been misinformed.


Looks like a great hiking course. I especially like the idea of a swim and gelato to finish.

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