In this group of photos, we moved on down the coast of Kamakura and into Fujisawa, especially Enoshima. You get to continue enjoying the seaside and island scenery with these ones. But which photos do you like?
The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.
You may remember some videos I made about our move to Canada. The last one I did was exactly two weeks before our move. I found it difficult to do the other videos because of a lack of time and motivation. However, since I’ve been working on my YouTube channel quite a bit lately, I’m feeling the motivation to get those videos all finished. So, here is the next video in the series.
In this video, we visited Kamakura for the last time. It’s probably my favourite place in Japan, especially since I lived there for four years, but also because of the history and beautiful places. Enjoy the video!
What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Japan is often known for its big cities, pop culture, and history. But did you know Japan has a lot of beautiful scenery? This week’s question comes from tlclark.
What is the most beautiful area you were able to visit in Japan?
I may have mentioned in the past that I didn’t actually do a whole lot of traveling around Japan. However, I have been able to visit plenty of beautiful places in the Tokyo area. But the most beautiful area? That’s a difficult question. There are a few candidates.
You could say Mt. Fuji is beautiful. Yes, from a distance it is. However, when you’re on Mt. Fuji, it’s mostly red rock, and some garbage thanks to inconsiderate climbers.
You could say the Shonan beach area is beautiful. Well, it can be, but it’s incredibly crowded in summer, and it’s not exactly the cleanest place, either.
But you know, I’d have to say that the most beautiful area I’ve been is a city I lived in for four years, Kamakura. It has a lot of old architecture, mainly shrines and temples. And when I say old, I mean they are around 800-900 years old. There’s a temple with an amazing bamboo forest. There’s a huge shrine with beautiful ponds and architecture. But my favourite is Hasedera. It has a wonderful view of Kamakura, a beautiful garden, and some amazing buildings. This temple is nearly 1300 years old, and has a giant wooden Kannon statue, which is one of the largest wooden statues in Japan. It’s more than 9 metres tall, and is also nearly 1300 years old. You can see many photos here. But here are some of my own.
Have a question about life in Japan? Go here and ask in the comments.
I came to Japan to see it all. Did I? No, not at all. But there are some things I am very happy to have seen. This week’s question is from S. R. Carrillo. She asked many questions, didn’t she?
Where all have you traveled?
Surprisingly, I haven’t traveled very much in Japan. I live in Kanagawa, which is just south of Tokyo. I’ve also been to Tokyo, of course. The other prefectures I’ve been to are Saitama, Chiba, Yamanashi, and Shizuoka.
In Kanagawa, I’ve lived in Yokohama, Kamakura, and now Fujisawa. I’ve also visited Odawara, Yokosuka, Kawasaki, Sagamihara, Isehara, Chigasaki, Hiratsuka, Zushi, Hayama, Miura, Oiso, and Yamato. I think the highlights are Kamakura (many temples and shrines), Odawara (castle pictured above), Fujisawa (with Enoshima), and Yokohama (technically the largest city in Japan).
In Tokyo, I’ve been mainly around the main city area, but I’ve also been to Machida and Hachioji (Mt. Takao).
In Saitama, I’ve been to Saitama, Warabi, Tokorozawa (for a baseball game), and Kawagoe (a city with many old buildings).
In Chiba, I’ve been mainly to Narita Airport.
In Yamanashi, I’ve been to Mt. Fuji.
In Shizuoka, I’ve also been to Mt. Fuji, but also Atami and the Izu Peninsula, which is famous for resorts and hot springs.
Out of all the places, I think my favourites would have to be Kamakura, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Mt. Fuji.
If you have any questions about living in Japan, please see the original post and leave your questions in the comments.
It’s now April 20th, one year from our big move to Canada. And in honour of that, Sierra has given me one of the most difficult questions to answer. Thank you very much! Of course, if you have any questions, please post them on the original post here.
S. R. Carrillo asked this whopper of a question:
What’s your favorite part about living in Japan?
Well, Sierra, this is a rather difficult question to answer because I love so much about Japan. However, I would have to say that one of my favourite things to do is sightseeing. In particular, old temples and shrines. I love exploring different places. The area i live in is so rich in history and historic sites that I haven’t seen them all. And I lived in Kamakura, one of Japan’s old capitals. I’ve seen the major sites, but I haven’t gone to the lesser-known places.
Some other things that are worth mentioning are the train system, which makes it incredibly convenient to get around, as well as the food. I love sushi. And my view of Mt. Fuji is quite incredible, too.
So, if you have any questions, please go to this post and leave your questions in the comments.
Have you ever walked down the street and just happen upon a large group of people getting ready to shoot a scene for a TV show? That happened to me and my family today. We were going for a walk along the beach in Kamakura (see the photos and video here) and as we passed Inamuragasaki Point, we saw a bunch of people on Shichirigahama Beach. Well, I thought they were cleaning up, because you often see people cleaning the neighbourhoods. Well, there was a lot of other equipment there, and it turned out it was all for a TV drama. There were many crew members, and I’m guessing the actors were standing out on the rocks. I wasn’t close enough to see who they could be, though.
So, as we sat down to take a break from walking, I decided to get up to take a picture of Enoshima. That’s when one of the staff approached me and asked me not to take any pictures. I said I was just taking a picture of Enoshima. That seemed to satisfy her. So later on, as we were walking away, I turned around, zoomed in, and took this picture below.
I’m guessing the woman standing up on the right and the woman sitting down next to her are the actresses. They were standing apart from the rest and seemed to be the focus of attention. Too bad I couldn’t see who they were.
I love to explore. In recent years, one of my hobbies has been walking. But not for the sake of walking. I walk to explore new places. I often pick somewhere not so far from my home and decide to see what’s there. Sometimes, I’m surprised.
Sometimes, I go to places I’ve been to before and find something new. A couple weeks ago, I was in Kamakura with a friend, and we visited Hasedera, which is probably my favourite temple in the city. There was one gate open that I’d never gone through before. It had always been closed. The picture above is what I saw. I had no idea. It was a wonderful surprise.
Another time, I went to Keio University with my family. It’s not far from where we live, and it’s a pretty famous university. Next to the campus is a large bamboo forest. Walking through the forest is incredible. Being surrounded by the tall bamboo was like being transported to another time.
In Kamakura, there’s an often overlooked shrine that’s near the much more popular Zeniarai Benzaiten, a shrine where you can wash your money. This lesser-known shrine, Sasuke Inari Shrine, evokes an image of traditional Japan.
An incredibly large number of red torii gates arch over the path leading up to the shrine. There are occasional fox statues on either side of the path welcoming visitors. For those of you who enjoy stories of ninja, the name of this shrine, as well as the neighbourhood, is shared by a famous ninja, Sasuke. In fact, this area has an interesting story. During the Kamakura Period, back when Kamakura was the capital of Japan and the seat of government for the Shogun, this valley was a kind of hidden village. There was only one way in, so it was very well-protected. It’s said that this village was the home to the predecessors of the ninja. It’s a fascinating valley.
I want to do some more exploring. It’s like being in my own little epic fantasy story. There are so many places to see and so little time. I wonder what I’ll discover next.
The Ofuna Library is a local branch library for the Ofuna area in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It’s a short distance from Ofuna Station.
The building has a conservative design, but looks pretty solid. The main floor is the local branch office for Kamakura City Office, while the library is on the second floor. The official page for Kamakura City Library is here. It’s in Japanese only.