Marley, Alecia & Kumiko, Ishikawacho station
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-Gu Shinto Shrine in Kamakura
The Akabashi Bridge, originally only to be used by the Shogun… everyone else used the bridges on the sides
Our hosts and expecting parents; Kumiko & Marley
‘Omikuji’ are random fortunes written on strips of folded paper
Awkward 3 way bag hug in front of blossom tree
Sake. Lots & lots of Sake…
“Saka-Daru” – decorative sake barrels offered to the Shinto deities.
Plastic bamboo flag poles
‘Hongu’ the main worship hall in Tsurugaoka Hachiman-Gu Shrine
“Ema” – Shinto wooden prayer plaques
Hot potato stand
Sneaky pic of the dude in the background’s printed head to toe outfit
We had the joy of an incredible authentic soba lunch at a tiny traditional restaurant run by Kumiko’s client’s family. YUMMM!
Special home-made warm Shōchū was complimented by the most beautiful presentation and warm, genuine service
Cold Soba noodles with tempura
Alecia’s mini escape hatch…
A traditional Japanese running shoe last – Gabby this one’s for you!
Running taxi guy… superfit!
The ‘Jikatabi’ running shoes themselves!
For that tough day at the office…
Taro and vanilla ice-cream… YUM!!
Marley & Kumiko in front of The Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in Temple, Kamakura
Inside The Great Buddha bronze statue
The Great Buddha Amida Nyorai, also known by the locals as Kamakura Daibutsu
Blue shoes all round!
“Noh” or “Nogaku” carved wooden mask
Hasedera or “Hase-Kannon” Temple in Kamakura
Japanese precision paving. Amazing!
Nagomi Jizo Statue in Hasedera Temple
The Kannon-Don Hall, Hasedera Temple
The Benten-Kutsu Cave in Hasedera Temple
Some wishes at the shrine are not so altruistic…but honest
Rich blue ceramic roof tiles
Bamboo shaped tiles
Daifukumochi Cakes with red bean and sesame – for Amy B-A
Cafe’s built for people of a different stature!