A Saturday off WOW!

Trip Start Oct 28, 2003
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Sunday, September 17, 2006

OK so we were up early but not too early and off to Kamakura. Thankfully Roy and Ian weren't sick of temples yet, if they were then they would be after this day.
Kamakura was the old capital of Japan and is affectionately known as a little Kyoto due to the amount of temples etc plus The Great Buddha.
I hadn't been to Kamakura since I went with Liz way back in December 2003. It was still as Elvish as I remember. When you see the photos you'll see the resemblance to Rivendale. That and they all speak funny, well Japanese!
We took a different route to the one I took last time getting off at Kita Kamakura as before but following the temples around a different way. Junya, continually questioning my direction every step of the way. For those that don't know Junya, the irony in this is that he's crap at directions.
The first temple we went to was Rivendale, I don't know the real name. Then followed them round to get to the centre of Kamakura and onto the Daibutsu (Big Buddha) which is marvelous. It was originally housed in a temple until a Tsunami destroyed it around the 13th century. Possibly around the same time as The Kingdoms of the Picts and Scots united to form the Kingdom of Alba (Scotland). The temple surrounding it was washed away in the Tsunami however the Buddha sits there defiant and serene as ever.
We had met up with Carol and her mates mate from England, Christian, at Kamakura Station and headed to the Buddha on bikes. It's true what they say, you don't forget how to ride a bike, what they neglect to point out is that while your brain accustoms itself to riding again you are likely to give yourself a few bumps along the way.
Cycling was fun and the Buddha magnificent but it was time to get back on the train and back to Yokohama.
However, when we were in Kamakura Junya got a call from his Mum. He forgot about his niece's birthday dinner. Thinking it was tomorrow. He had to head back to Kikuna while Carol and Christian headed off somewhere else and Roy and Ian and I went to Minato Mirai to find something to eat.
On the way to World Porters we took some nice night pictures of Yokohama and then went off to have some Indonesian food. The top floor of World Porters (a big shopping centre) is covered in restaurants including a big WB cinema. There's a great Indonesian place there, where I've been before. In we went and fed and watered ourselves before heading off to the Super Sento right next door. A sento is a public bath house. Different from an onsen in that it's not a natural hot spring. Although this Super Sento imports onsen water from an onsen in the north of Japan. It's a massive place. Part hotel part sento, with TV rooms, massage rooms and of course a number of baths. You get a great view from the outside baths all over Yokohama Bay and it's especially pretty after nightfall when all the bridges etc are lit up.
We spent a good two hours in there before heading on the subway home, absolutely shattered from a good soak in the baths. We went to bed quite early that night, after Roy and I watched a little of Le Grand Docu Soap the DVD of the fabulous Army of Lovers. Again to bed and ready for another day.
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