A Kamakura-kind of day

1. Last weekend a lovely friend came all the way from Calgary to offer some workshops and speak at our school’s Bridging the Gap Conference. This friend is a teacher and poet.
2. DP and I had the opportunity to be tourists in Japan which was very cool for us. {I tried sake and sushi for the very first time.}
3. On Sunday, we took our friend to Kamakura which was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185 – 1333). This period is best known for the for the emergence of the samurai, the warrior caste, and the establishment of feudalism in Japan. At 174,000 inhabitants, Kamakura is pretty small by Japanese standards but on weekends, it is swollen with tourists.
4. We visited Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū, a Shinto Shrine originally built in 1063.
5. Lots of people were wearing kimonos at the shrine.
6. We were not.
7. Lots of people were getting married.
8. We did not.
9. I love the view from my iPhone.
10. I love the view from Autumn.


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