November 19, 2015

Kamakura and Yokosuka Naval Base


Kamakura is a great seaside town, a few hours southwest of Tokyo, and was once considered the capital of Japan. It's most famous attraction is Daibutsu, or Great Buddha. He is the oldest statue of buddha in Japan, and at 47 feet tall, is the second largest.

Daibutsu dates from the year 1252, and has withstood hundreds of years of wars, earthquakes and tsunami's. (Though, the structure has been reinforced in recent times.)

The proportions of Daibutsu have been skewed, with his head being much larger than his body, which from faraway looks top heavy.

But, up close, he looks perfectly proportional. 

We tried out my new selfie stick. Lots of fails!

Maybe we will just stick to the good 'ol fashioned selfie instead.

After viewing Daibutsu, and finishing our photo ops, we wandered the town.

There were so many fun shops. I enjoyed watching this man shape his pottery.

We eventually ended up at another shrine, Kamakura's most important, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

We were lucky enough to visit this shrine in November, the month of shichi-go-san, literally meaning 7-5-3. If your child turned seven, five or three during that year, then you dress them up and take them to the shrine for a special prayer of prosperity and health.


We saw the most adorable kids at the shrine that day.

Does it honestly get any cuter than this?!


Brothers.

This little gal had no problems posing for the camera!

Many of the parents were in traditional dress, too. 

Sake is a very big part of the Japanese culture, and you will usually see casks of sake at the shrine as a gift to the gods. I love the look of them.

Such precious kids. Seeing them all dressed up just totally made my day!

Japan has a very long and beautiful fall. Some trees do not even hit peak until mid-December!

A strawberry on a Ritz cracker for $2.00. Any takers?

I absolutely loved wandering the shrine, it was so heartwarming to see the families celebrating their children's lives.

Some of our best adventures are walking along a city street, with no agenda, just seeing what there is to see.

We spent the night at Yokosuka US Naval Base, which is very close to Kamakura. 

It was a very nice base, with great ocean views, of course.


The US Navy sure owns some prime real estate, world wide!

Such a fun "stay-cation", exploring more of the beautiful country of Japan, our second home.





2 comments:

  1. The city streets are so beautiful and well cared for. No wonder you like wandering around. Those litte kids were so cute I can't stand it!

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  2. I love those kids! So colorful!,,

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