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Images of Japan: Kamakura and Hase

There are three districts in the Kamakura area: Kita-Kamakura, Kamakura, and Hase. We spent the majority of our time in Kita-Kamakura and so I have devoted a separate page to the images that I took there. Kamakura's legacy as the former Capital of Japan still shows in its magnificent temples. Hase, just a short train ride from Kamakura, is home to the Great Buddha statue that is one of the most recognizable symbols of Japan. Hase-dera, a gorgeous temple that faces the sea, is one of the most striking and poignant pilgrimage sites in all of Japan. Thousands of Jizo statues here are dedicated to the souls of children who died prior to birth.


A dramatically pruned pine tree outside of a temple in Kamakura.


A young boy feeding pigeons at the Tsuru-ga-oka Hachiman-gu shrine in Kamakura.


I couldn't resist this shot, on the tourist drag in Kamakura.


The gardens of Hase-dera are centered on a large pond bordered by carefully pruned trees ands shrubs and this lantern.


The gardens ascend the hill behind the pond.


An artificial waterfall, Hase-dera.


Some of the legions of jizo statues representing  bodhisattvas or spirit guides for the souls of lost children.


A flower offering.




A wider view.


A larger statue.


Anointing a statue.


A closer view.


Bamboo grove at Hase-dera.


Bamboo water feature at the pond.


Another view.


The Great Buddha at Hase, one of the iconic scenes of Japan.



The Buddhas was once covered by a wooden pavillion that got swept away by a tsunami. It sits about one mile from the sea!


A closer view.


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