Thursday, December 01, 2005

Burrito's Japanland: Wednesday

It was a national holiday. So we went to Kamakura. This seaside town is known as one of the best daytrips from Tokyo. It is full of a gazillion shrines and temples, but it also has the ocean. It was a perfect day, once again (the whole week had perfect weather) and the beach was fantastic. There was a group of people flying three large kites. They were obviously practicing some sort of routine. It was set to music, and they had a guy leading them with shouted directions. The sight was mesmerizing. I could have watched them for hours. I didn't know you could do such amazing things with kites.

After a late lunch, we headed to Hase-dera shrine. It's a massive complex, with some god that has 11 heads and apparently knows everyone's thoughts, and another god that protects the souls of unborn children... the latter one is what I remember from my last trip to Japan. When you go to this section of the complex, there are little statues everywhere representing unborn children... generally the souls of miscarried or aborted children. Many of the statues are clothed. It's very touching. The shrine also has an interesting (if claustrophobic) cave and some beautiful gardens. You can also get a great view of the town since it's halfway up a mountain.

We ended the day with a not-very-successful trip to the Kamakura Daibutsu, and then we had a long plod back to the train station. But we ended the day with a bang at a great tonkatsu restaurant in Ota. (check out the pics below!)

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