TripAdvisor Reviews Shangrila Tsuruoka Kamakura
Travel Blogs from Kamakura
... of my birthday and everyone in the party sang "Happy Birthday" to me and then I was presented with gifts - a beautiful furoshiki and a beautifully wrapped package of Japanese sweets. After dinner we had some karaoke performances. Everyone joined in the celebration and it was a most enjoyable evening. It's 10:19 pm as I am finishing this journal entry and Doreen and John have already gone to bed and I am ready to hit the hay (tatami) ...
... chose the city as the seat for his new military government in 1192. It is hard to grasp the fact that a city has existed for nearly 900 years and is still in existence. The Kamakura government continued to rule Japan for over a century, first under the Minamoto shogun and then under the Hojo regents.
... to get some happiness or something along those lines. Back on the trail we reached the top of the hill where the trees thinned out and you could see all the way out along the landscape and out to sea which provided us with a great excuse to have a rest. Then we came to Kotokuin temple which housed the Big Buddha. and although the statue itself was magnificent the whole are was a tourist trap and we quickly got out of there and made for the pub to watch some university ...
... but at the same time very interesting. It contained a lot of information about what nuclear bombs were, how they were developed, why Hiroshima was targeted and most importantly the devastating effects it had on the city. There were several spooky relics present (such as a charred tricycle, bent window frames, pieces of skin... yes actually skin... from a young victim) as well as stories of the victims (mostly children). There was also a wall with protest letters issued by ...
This morning we met up and traveled to Kamakura, which is one of my favorite places so far. We spent a few hours visiting the local shops, including a TOTORO store!
I watched that movie so many times as a child it is unreal. So of course I had to make a purchase or two while I was there. My sister would have loved it.
I got the majority of my souvenirs and gifts for people on this trip. We came across another shrine or temple, I forget which one ...
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