Kamakura Museum of Literature is close to Hase Temple.
We walked through a cut(kiritooshi) like the following.
There are many cuts in Kamakura. "Cuts or Kiritooshi"
are roads dug into hills or mountains; they are like short tunnels.
The museum contains materials about writers who lived in Kamakura. This house was built in 1936 as a villa for the noble Maeda Family. However, it was donated to Kamakura City in 1983, and it was opened to the public in 1985.
There is a rose garden on the grounds in front of the museum.
春の雪 (Spring Snow)
A famous Japanese writer named Yukio Mishima described a village that was modeled from the house in his novel "Spring Snow", so there is a rose named after that.
You can see the cut from the opposite side when you return to the gate.
Here is The Great Buddha behind the beautiful autumn colors.
This Buddha statue is a very famous and popular tourist destination in Kamakura.
The height, including the base, is 13.4m.
You can go inside the interior of this statue.
I felt it was truly autumn when I saw the Japanese pampas grass; pampas grass is a symbol of autumn.
American president Obama visited the Great Buddha in Kamakura two years ago. He visited Kamakura with his mother when he was a child and he enjoyed Maccha (the powder of green tea) ice bar. Since he loved and missed the ice bar, he enjoyed it again. The story became a popular topic in Kamakura, and many shops started to sell Maccha flavor ice bar. It was named "Obamaccha ice" after Obama and Maccha!
I enjoyed walking around sightseeing spots in Kamakura. I seldom go sightseeing in Kamakura, although I have lived in here for more than 20 years. When we have guests, we show them around Kamakura and we enjoy it together; it is a pleasure for us, too.
Usually it is very crowded and there are traffic jams on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The day that we went was Saturday, but we arrived at the parking lot in Hase Temple at 8:30 am. The parking lot was very empty.
This temple is famous for the beautiful Japanese garden with four seasons of flowers, the Kannon-do (hall), Amida-do (hall), and the observation platform.
We enjoyed autumn flowers: Boke and Hototogisu...
The beautiful garden with a pond
The Kannon in this hall is famous for eleven heads; three in front, three to the right and left, one at the top and another one on its back.
We had a chance to enjoy beautiful Bonsai-Mums by Kamakura Mum Circle in the grounds of the temple.
It was a beautiful autumn day; the sky and the sea were clear blue with sunshine from the observation platform.
These Jizo are praying for people to find their matches.
The Jizo in this picture is praying for people to have peaceful lives and to have warm hearts.
I went to the Yokohama Doll Museum with my husband for the first time in a long time. We went on board "sea bus" at a pier which is located outside of the east exit of Yokohama station.
Here is a interesting story. The sea bus is named "Sea Bass" instead of "Sea Bus" because the pier is at the mouth of the Katabira River; Bass is a freshwater fish, and the sea bus cruise goes to the sea --port of Yokohama.
We walked on a footbridge between Yokohama station and the Bay Quarter Yokohama for about five minutes to the pier for the starting point for the sea bus cruise.
We saw a cute shop which had goods for dogs.
The sea bus
You can enjoy views of the Yokohama Bay Bridge, MM21( including the Landmark Tower) and Red Brick Warehouse from the boat. We enjoyed the cruise because it was a very beautiful day.
The terminal station:Yamashita Park
Yokohama Doll Museum is close to Yamashita Park: It takes about 5 minutes to walk there.
There are over 3500 dolls from all over the world.
Ricca-chan is synonymous with a dress-up doll in Japan.
The holidays from April 29th to May 5th are known as Golden Week in Japan.
My son took his first long holiday since he started working and he returned to Kamakura. I was so happy to find signs that he had been in his room when we came back home from our two week trip. He text-messaged that he had returned to Kamakura and went to see his friends.
He had a nice time with his childhood friends. Another day, he brought his girlfriend here to meet us. He relaxed a lot during the holidays. My husband and I enjoyed this precious time with him; we learned more about his life. He looks reliable and grown up since he started to work.
We have been hearing more bush warblers this year. My friend said the reason they are singing so much is because Japanese apricot trees were in full bloom this year; bush warblers love the nectar of Japanese apricot trees. The bush warblers sing are very pretty and Japanese apricot trees in full bloom are so beautiful this year!
It had been a long winter this year, however, spring has finally come in Japan. We can enjoy cherry trees in full of bloom in many parks, temples and lining the road. I love this season when cherry trees are full of blossoms.
It was perfect for schools' and kindergartens' entrance ceremonies this year.
When I went to see my parents, I really enjoyed the tunnels of cherry blossoms like in the following picture.
Cherry trees in full bloom lining the road near my parents house
Next picture, I took it in Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine. It was a beautiful scene; cherry trees in full bloom over Genji pond.
This is the picture of the front approach(Dankazura) with cherry trees in full bloom on the way to Turugaoka-Hachiman-gu Shrine.
By the way, United States post office and Japanese post office respectively issued the stamps in March to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the gift the cherry trees from Japan to Washington, DC. They are a pair of stamps. My husband sent me the letter with those stamps on it; he was in the United States on the date of the issue.
You see two women wearing Kimono and parasols and one American family in the left part, there are many people who enjoy cherry trees in the right part. You see the word "forever" upper left and right. I hope you can see them.
These are the Japanese stamps in the following picture.
You see " Cherry trees along the Potomac River" in Japanese and " Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial" in Japanese and English. I sent a letter with the stamps to Amanda and her mother.
I am so lucky to see both stamps, in the United States and Japan. Although both stamps are designed with the cherry trees along the Potomac River, I feel America from the U.S. stamps and I feel Japan from Japanese stamps. They have their own characteristic designs.