Flashback – Japan 2009 – Kamakura

All photos taken on September 19, 2021.

Kamakura was the capital of Japan from 1185 to 1333, as the seat of the Kamakura Shogunate, and became the nation’s most populous settlement from 1200 to 1300 during the Kamakura period. This city, 47 minutes away from Tokyo by train, is a popular domestic tourist destination in Japan. It is a coastal city with a high number of seasonal festivals, as well as ancient Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

(Source: Wikipedia)

We had visited here only briefly in 1982.

We seemed to arrive in Kamakura in no time at all, as we caught each other up on our lives since we had last met.

Kita-Kamakura station near Engaku-ji Temple
Torii gate in Komacha-dori shopping street
Bus timetable sign on city street
Dankazura raised pathway lined with cherry trees
on the walkway – oh to be here is spring with the cherry blossoms
on the raised walkway
a lunch of udon and tempura
Dankazura raised pathway
Torii gate to Hachimangu Shinto shrine at end of Dankazura raised pathway
display meals in restaurant window
young entrepreneur waiting for a fare
shops along the street
future shopper
typical shopping street
artisanal display
local bike shop
lots of shops
temple and shrine directory – the swastika like symbols are manji and are a positive symbol in Buddhism, with many meanings from strength to compassion
overhead wires

Enoshima Electric Railway is a private 10 km narrow gauge railway operating since 1900. It has 15 stations and winds its way through Kamakura. As a tourist attraction, it was packed on this day.

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Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

13 thoughts on “Flashback – Japan 2009 – Kamakura

    1. You are too kind. I think I started looking younger once I listened to Patty and shaved off what little hair I had left. You are right on the good relationship part. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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    1. The most exotic food we had on this trip was Okonomiyaki. On a previous trip, we stayed in a Japanese Inn and had almost nothing but raw seafood to eat. I am sure it was lovely, but not to our taste at the time. Thanks for reading. Allan

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