On today's blog post, we're going to go on an excursion to Kamakura. We
start with a (slightly watered-down) tea ceremony in an old teahouse attached
to Jomyo-Ji temple:
The interior is floored with tatami mats.
Now join us on a visit to the fourteenth-century Hōkokuji Temple. The temple garden
looks like immaculately manicured grass, but actually it's moss. Moss gardens
are a thing here.
We saw statues from time to time wearing bibs; I'd forgotten why, but aviva_m
reminded me: They're boddhisatvas who take care of children.
This bamboo pipe is designed to carry water drip by drip into the pond, for the
pleasing aesthetic effect of the drops landing. (If you look closely, you can
see one half-way down in my photo.)
A small outside altar:
This temple is notable for its bamboo grove, which was the retreat of the
temple's founder, Tengan Eko:
Now we move on to the thirteenth-century Kōtoku-in temple, which has
—a giant statue of the Buddha:
After an industrious morning's tourism, we've deserved our lunchbreak:
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