January 27, 2008

The "Rents"...the Final Chapter

My folks departed earlier in the month. We spent their last day bouncing around Kita Kamakura from temple to temple before finishing off the day with dinner at Hideyoshi.

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According to dad, these are old storage houses for crops and stuff.
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Monks' Shoes

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Pretty Pattern

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Daffodils were one of the only flowers blooming, but Plum Blossoms are coming soon!

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My folks on top of a hill overlooking a temple.

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This fella brought us this milky, unfiltered sake with ginger. He said it was to wake us up for the new year or something like that. It was really sweet with chunks of rice cut by the spicy ginger bits. If anything, it warmed up our appetites for dinner!

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Somebody Important's Tomb (If You Know Who, Please Comment)

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The sun set quickly while we were at Engaku Temple behind the main drag in Kamakura.

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New Year's decorations for sale.

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Sign from a ramen vendor. There were all sorts of vendors with food and New Year's decorations/good luck charms. I bought a good luck charm for my car which is a popular thing to do.

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This was pretty lucky! I was about to toss my ten yen and ring the bell to wish for a longer life when these two gentlemen showed up to decorate the brand new rope! I got to be one of the first people to ring the bell after he decorated it with various good fortunes.

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Sweet Finish to a Great Day: After our meal at Hideyoshi Yakitori, Yumi's parents presented us with delicious dried kaki, or persimmons. See all that sugar? I though that after the kaki were dried, they were rolled in powdered sugar. Yumi's mom explained that that sugar comes from the fruit itself during the long drying process



2 comments:

bkhuna said...

The storehouses (dozuo in Japanese) were actually for a family's valuables, protecting them from fire and theft.

Dave said...

Looks like you did do quite of roaming around. And your photography has improved big time!!!

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