Flashback – Japan 2009 -ENGAKU-JI TEMPLE, Kamakura

All photos taken on September 19, 2009.

Once we were in Kamakura, we did not have to worry about what to see or how to get there. Kunika took good care of us. From Kita-Kamakura station, we walked the short distance to Engaku-ji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple founded in 1282.

The temple maintains the classical Japanese Zen monastic design, and both the Shariden and the Great Bell (Ogane) are designated National Treasures. Engaku-ji is one of the twenty-two historic sites included in Kamakura’s proposal for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.


For us poor Canadians, whose visible history spans only a couple of centuries,we were in awe as we wandered around this huge complex. There was no fee when we were there, but an admission fee of 300 Yen was introduced in 2017, as well as admission fees for entrance to some of the buildings.

No more history, just photos.

On the way in….

the architectural details


Cute kids

Blossoms, berries and butterflies

The details. The 2nd last slide is the Ogane – giant bell

The buildings

Gardener in traditional garb
Zen Buddhist monk – the wooden sandals are called geta

The greenery

Great. One temple/shrine down, 21 to go. This could take a while…..

Published by kagould17

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.

16 thoughts on “Flashback – Japan 2009 -ENGAKU-JI TEMPLE, Kamakura

    1. They are exquisite examples of local and national culture. We were lucky enough on this trip to witness 2 Shinto weddings taking place, as well. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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    1. All these historic temples were within easy walking distance of each other. Hard to believe there was so much history in jut this one place. Yes, my camera and I were happy. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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