The weather was a bit rainy, but that adds an even sense of great age to Kamakura’s structures. This was the capitol of Japan from 1185-1333, and it has an astonishing array of temples (many of them Zen) and shrines as well as other historic sites. I got a close look at Enoshima (Don!) but didn’t get to go out there this time – I’ll be making a solo return to Kamakura quite soon, as I like to see places like that on my own schedule and Kamakura has many treasures I haven’t visited yet.
Among the highlights of the pics are the Ryukoji (Dragon’s Mouth) Temple, which has the only five-storied pagoda in Kamakura and was the sight where a miraculous bolt of lightning spared the life of the Priest Nichiren, about to be executed. We also have the Hasedera Kannon Temple, many images of Kamakura and Enoshima (from across the water) and of course, the Daibutsu. I’ve seen all three of Japan’s “Great Buddhas” – this one, Nokogiriyama and Nara – and while Kamakura’s is the smallest at “only” just under 12 meters, I think it’s artistically the finest of the three.
Lastly, we have some shots of the beautiful and atmospheric Hachiman-gu Jinja, Kamakura’s largest shrine. We happened to arrive at dusk just as a traditional Shinto wedding was taking place,
and this was quite the experience – certainly one I’ve never been privileged to witness. Quite remarkable.