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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu – Kamakura

Posted in Places by tokyobling on April 22, 2013

This spring has been incredibly cold, wet, windy and weird. Yesterday we had barely 6 degrees here in Tokyo and in Gunma and Tochigi prefectures there were plenty of snowfall. Something is wrong with the weather! But there has been a handful of good days, like this morning a couple of weeks ago when I happened to pass through the famous Tsurugaoka Hachimangu in Kamakura city south of Tokyo. I didn’t have time to stop but I had my camera ready and just took the things I saw as I hurried through the grand shrine. If you visit Tokyo this shrine about an hour’s train ride away is one of the must sees! I have been here so many times I rarely find anything new these days but I found a new ema design that I hadn’t seen before, one with a ginkgo tree image to commemorate the great gingko tree that blew down in the morning March 10th 2011 (which some people later recognized as a bad omen). The tree was 30m tall and about 1000 years old and it’s going to be awhile until the new tree planted near the old tree stump will grow to be anything like it’s predecessor.

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  1. Timi said, on April 22, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Nowadays Your posts are one of the things keeping my spirits up..I can’t wait for the summer (and finish up this semester). I love the white pigeons, and of course the rest is lovely as well ^ – ^
    Hope you get some warmth from here 🙂 Here the spring started out as summer, 25-30 degrees already…It’s good but it was quiet sudden after the winter’s minuses 😐

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    • tokyobling said, on April 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you Timi! Hang in there – soon you’ll be finished and will be out in working hell with the rest of us office rats! (^-^;) I envy your heat – we had 6 degrees yesterday afternoon! Cold….

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      • Timi said, on April 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        Instead of office rat, I’m gonna be an…office cat 😀 Yet, I have no idea what I’m gonna do. I want to do a lot a lot of things, so I’m just waiting for the perfect job for now 😀

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  2. yoshizen said, on April 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Nice report as all ways. Thanks for your effort.
    Something I found interesting was, one of the Ema has been placed by the Chinese !
    (Tow Kanjis written were used only by the Chinese on top photo 🙂 )
    Regardless, who ever the God, if he brings a happiness, it’s a good god 😀

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    • tokyobling said, on April 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment Yoshizen! There are tons of Chinese tourists in Tokyo, all the time, so I am not suprised. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands Chinese that live here permanently. I think we bring happiness to ourselves, the temples and shrines and ema just help us focus our attention on something outside our physical selves. The God want all of us to be happy!

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  3. lilichan06 said, on April 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Nice post!
    Thanks to you I have a great virtual collection of ema!!
    I like them a lot ! 😀

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  4. melsenpai said, on April 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    As always, such stunning snapshots!! I have yet to visit the full city of Kamakura. The only times I’ve ever gone there is to visit the cemetery where my grandparents, uncles (& recently my dad) have been laid to rest.

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    • tokyobling said, on April 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you Melsenpai! When ARE you coming back here?! I can understand you don’t have time to do a cemetary tour at the same time as touring the city. Next time maybe?

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      • melsenpai said, on April 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        The last few times I’ve visited, I had been taken there by my older cousins. We usually go in one big group to pay respect to my grandparents, and they often plan a short itinerary. I will definitely try to tour Kamakura one day.

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  5. jonabart said, on May 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

    The shot of the birds in the tree is wonderful!

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