In Japan we call December “Shiwasu” which literally means teachers or priests run.
It is an expression ‘we are very busy like a bee’.
It means usually teachers or priests don’t run even if they are busy, but in December they run around the town busily.
From mid-September to early December, people go out to the mountainous countryside to see autumn leaves, an activity which is called “Autumn leaf hunting,” or momiji-gari. The three most important annuallyconsiderations for people wishing to enjoy momiji-gari are: the timing, finding a place where the atmosphere and scenery match the autumn leaves, and the convenience of the location. People also enjoy combining the viewing of autumn leaves with other activities, such as using a public bath, or onsen.
A family temple of the Hojo clan, placed at a strategic point for transportation and defense purposes on the route from Kamakura to Kyoto. The temple functioned as a center for the salvation of the weak and poor and was given by the Kamakura Shogunate the authority to maintain Wakaenoshima Port and collect tax.
A family temple of the Kanazawa-Hojo clan. It was also a stronghold to protect the northeastern part of Kamakura. The Kanazawa Library, which was set up at Shomyoji Temple, tells of the magnificence of the samurai culture
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Daibutsu (Great Buddha) of Kamakura
A bronze seated statue of the Buddha Amida with a height of approximately 11.5m, which was built for the protection of the Kamakura Shogunate and the people. The robust and powerful beauty of art expressed in it shows the powerfulness of the samurai and the samurai culture.
A Buddhist temple was build by regents, Hojo Tokiyori and Hojo Nagatoki. It was one of the central Buddhist temples in the study of Buddhist teachings in Kamakura. A pictorial drawing that had been inherited in the temple shows the Hojo clan’s construction of Buddhist temples very well.
A Buddhist temple was built by a regent, Hojo Yoshitoki. Its tranquil religious space shows the characteristics of Kamakura’s Buddhist temples ‘landscapes very well. It was one of the central Buddhist temples in the study of Buddhist teachings in Kamakuda.
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The first Zen Buddhist temple in Kamakura, which was built on the site of the residence of Minamoto no Yoshimoto, the father of Minamoto no Yoritomo. It is profoundly associated with “Tea”, which is one of the distinctive characteristics of the samurai culture.
A Zen Buddhist temple was built by Muso Soseki. Its garden that was created by carving out the mountain is considered to show the complete form of the early Zen Buddhist garden.
Built to mourn for the victims who died during the invasion by Mongolia without distinguishing friends and enemies. Together with Kenshoji Temple, it played a big role in the establishment of Zen Buddhism in Japan
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Relocated to the existing location by Minamoto no Yoritomo in 1180. It was a very important place as the symbolic and spiritual center of the samurai government and as the stage not only for religious activities but also political and ceremonial purposes.
The first ashram dedicated to Zen Buddhism in Japan that was built, receiving a Chinese high Buddhist priest, Rankei Doryu. It made a great contribution as the largest facility for the introduction of Chinese culture to the establishment and development of the samurai culture.
Eagara Tenjinsha Shrine
Worshipped as the god that protects the Kamakura Shogunate together with Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The main hall building is thought to date back to the 14th century
Happy 6 year Anniversary to Liberty Cove House.
We have been opened since 2013 November 1st and today is our 6 year anniversary. We would like to thank you all for supporting us!
It has been a wonderful year. We thank to all our tenants. We have been very happy to accommodate you. Thanks for your continued support.
Curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan, along with ramen noodles and sushi. Curry originated in India although it has been adapted and become popular around the world, including in England. It is said that the Japanese navy followed the example of the British fleet, where curry was originally eaten because it could be preserved for longer than ordinary stew. The Japanese soldiers brought the curry recipe back to their homes and it spread from there.
Yokosuka is known as Curry Town in Japan.
The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries and today draws large numbers of travelers to famous viewing spots both in the mountains and in the cities.
Autumn leaves can be enjoyed in various ways. During the early phase of the season, the colors are mostly found in the mountains where entire slopes turn orange, yellow and red, and provide some of the most amazing seasonal sceneries. Hiking is the most rewarding way to see the colorful leaves in the mountains, but many spots can also be conveniently reached by train, bus or ropeway.
In the second phase of the autumn leaf season, the colors descend into Japan’s cities where they can be viewed in parks and gardens.
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