Category Archives: Kamakura

Japan 2016: August 12

Making chocolate cake

Kakkoii sunglasses

Frosting and sprinkles

Kukuru restaurant (Okinawan food), Zushi

Breakfast, chocolate cake making

Zushi post office

Kamakura walk and shopping

森戸大明神 Moritodaimyojin, Hayama: return omamori from 3 years ago, purchase new one

Beach: swim, eat chocolate cake, almost get the car locked in for the night

くくる食堂 (Kukuru), Okinawan restaurant, Zushi

Japan 2016: August 10

Check out of Villa Sacra, hold bags

Yokohama: Museum of Art, meeting and tour with librarian Ms. Sae Yatsuyanagi (Dan), Internet cafe (Elaine)

Ramen lunch, Yokohama

Train to Shimokitazawa, coffee at __, LP shopping at Otonomad

Train to Kamakura, pick up bags, head to Zushi, meet Maki and Tsumugi

Soba dinner, return to Taku & Maki’s, stay up late for Taku’s arrival

Japan 2016: August 9


Get money (at 7-11), get coffee (at Maruyama)

Main drag walk & shop

Soba at Kosuzu (goma udon and hot duck broth soba)

Iced coffee float

Dinner: Blue Room for pizza and craft beer

Bonbori (paper lantern) festival with koto player at Hachimangu Shrine after dark

Japan 2016: August 8

Upholstery on Sakaiminato to Yonago train

Manhole cover, Okayama

Pork katsu demi glace, Okayama

Freak, Okayama

Local Kamakura Moon and Hayama Beer

Fukumakan check out, drive to Sakaiminato

8:08 Sakaiminato local > Yonago, 9:22 Yonago ltd. express > Okayama

Lunch at 味司 野村 (demiglace katsu), Okayama

13:32 Okayama Shinkansen > Shinagawa, 17:33, then Yokosuka line to Kamakura

Check in to Villa Sacra

Kamakura walk and dinner at Mother’s 

日本 8.12.13 イレーン

Monday we had lost our brains. Somehow we had managed to lose our room key and we got a late start. We missed the Yokosuka train by a few minutes and were late getting into Higashi-Zushi to meet Taku and Maki. In their little car we drove to Kamakura – a neighboring town they had taken us to in 2009. Kamakura has a lot of important temples and a lovely shopping street with old traditional wares. Also it is near the beach so it attracts a lot of Japanese tourists and also a lot of wealthy second home owners.

We started with a temple that they had not yet visited known for its bamboo forest. The temple was small and the gardens were beautiful. But the bamboo grove was astonishing. They had cut a stone path through the forest so that you were surrounded by bamboo. Some of the trunks were 6-7″ in diameter and the leaves were far overhead. It was stunning, peaceful and monumental.

Maki had found an antique shop in Kamakura that was of interest to me and we were hoping to get soba from one of the famous soba makers for lunch.

That Monday Oban week vacation really got the better of us… Nearly everything we wanted to do in Kamakura was closed. But we did have a totally awesome dessert drink -that we spent the week trying to replicate at home – Hokkaido vanilla cream soft serve in iced coffee as we strolled along shopping. By 1:00 we were all ready to turn in for the day. The heat was outrageous and the baby really couldn’t take it (much less us). We decided we would all go back to Taku and Maki’s place to chill out and cook dinner. That necessitated a trip to one of my favorite Japanese sites – the supermarket.

Supermarkets in foreign countries are fascinating… both for the familiar items use and display as well as the unusual items we can’t get at home. In Japan, the fish options and meat cuts are totally different than in American groceries. We took care of beverages and T&M shopped for dinner.

Their new apartment in Higashi-Zushi is really cute. They have the traditional separate toilet and bath but their bath is bigger than before with room for a washer/dryer. They have a small living room with a kitchenette and two “bedrooms” – the second acts as an office and playroom for Tsumugi.

They made shabu shabu for dinner. Raw meat and veggies cooked in a kombu broth at the table. It was great fun and totally delicious. We hung out until after the baby went to bed and then headed back to Yokosuka for the night.

Photos: bamboo grove, shabu shabu, supermarket catch




Japan 2013: Mon August 12

Breakfast in room
Lost room key
Train to Higashi Zushi
Kamakura by car with Taku, Maki, Tsumugi
Hōkoku-ji temple with bamboo grove
Kamakura stroll: pickles, tennogui
Lunch at soba shop
Iced coffee float
100 Yen store
Grocery store, pharmacy in Higashi-Zushi
Dinner at Taku & Maki’s
Train back to Yokosuka, hotel

Pictures: T&M’s car; Bamboo prayer at Hōkoku-ji (“make me a good golfer”); coffee float




Japan 2009: Tuesday July 28

Train to Ishikawadai
Mazda rentakaa
Drive to Kamakura, homemade bento asagohan
(Fukuro tenjinkan near Enoshima)
Koutokoin temple/Kamakura Daibutsu
Shopping in Kamakura
Soba lunch
More shopping, talked to a couple of drunks
Totoro shop
Coffee at Beck’s
Drove back to Tokyo
Enormous Gyoza, fried rice and sauteed veg at Chinese restaurant
Return to Taku & Maki’s

Watashi wa yasai ga suki desu keredo watashi wa tsukemono ga taberarenai