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Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Kamakura and Hakone

All photos taken on April 28, 1982.

Today, we were leaving Tokyo and hitting the road to Kamakura and Hakone in the Fuji-Five Lakes Region. Our breakfast buffet was again in the 3rd floor Azalea Room of the New Otani.

After breakfast, our luggage was collected and we were quickly loaded onto a bus for the one hour drive to Kamakura, the ancient capital of Japan from 1185-1333. Our main stop in Kamakura was at the Kotuku-in temple with its giant 700 year old bronze Buddha. I have written about this in my 2009 post on Kamakura, so will not say much else here. I was surprised to see the photo that showed we actually made it inside the giant Buddha on this trip.

Back on the bus, we continued on through Odawara and on into the Fuji 5 Lakes Region, arriving around 1 PM. The shore was lined with school groups on field trips and we were quickly loaded onto a ferry for a cruise on Lake Ashi.

This cruise was similar to the one we did in 2009, except it did not include a trip up the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway.

At the end of our cruise, we waved to this load of school children heading out on their cruise…

Patty by a cherry tree near Lake Ashi -it was blossom time

… and boarded a bus to the Hotel Kowaki-en, where we checked into a Japanese style room and went down to the Garden Restaurant for special soup in the Poolside Restaurant.

view of the garden out our window

After lunch, those who were interested were pointed in the direction of the nearest onsen (hot spring bath). Bathing at that time was segregated and no bathing costume was required. On arriving at the men’s section of the spa, clothes were placed in lockers and everyone was instructed on proper spa protocol, scrubbing yourself completely clean, before entering the pools and about not staying too long in the hottest of pools, which that day was at 130 F. Many in our group were of retirement age and us younger folks had to make sure they heeded the time limitations on the hot pool.

Back at the hotel, we exchanged stories as we wandered about the hotel and grounds during free time before supper.

ship carved from ivory on display in hotel lobby
a nearby house – this was a resort area, so some of the houses were quite elaborate

Back in our hotel room, our room attendant assisted us in getting dressed in kimono, before dinner. She instructed us that the correct direction to wrap the kimono was left over right. The only exception to this rule is when dressing a deceased person for burial, when it is right over left. It is bad luck to get this protocol wrong and you will also appear to be a member of the “walking dead”.

Our dinner that night was sukiyaki, prepared at our table. When it was ready, our waitress cracked a raw egg over top as is tradition. Trust me, that addition did not become part of our tradition.

Dinner over, we all headed off to bed to get ready to move on to Kyoto tomorrow.

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.

18 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Kamakura and Hakone

    1. Thanks Marion. Kimono can be very expensive to buy. We did not buy one at the time, but when we went back in 1985, Pat went to a used kimono shop (yes they really do have such a thing). When we had Japanese friends come for a visit in 2010, they gifted me special Japanese pajamas. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. It was a happy busy day. So nice to be on a tour for our first visit to Japan, so we could get a feel for the country. The kimono dressing was an honour especially the tip about how to wrap them. I eat eggs, but always well cooked. The raw egg thing is off putting to me. We saw this in Southern France as well, with a raw egg cracked onto a hot pizza or onto carbonara. Yuchhh. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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