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April 13, 2008

Kamakura

おフランスのお友達と鎌倉に行って来ましたtrain
今日は冬かと思うほど寒かったbearing

①大仏(高徳院)Daibutsu (Big Buddha: Kotokuin Temple)
江の電長谷駅から歩いて10分くらい。途中、雷神堂でおせんべいを購入。
It takes about 10 minutes from Hase station (Enoden line). We bought a big rice biscuit (made of baked rice cake with soy sauce).
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大仏さまは、もう10年以上お目通りしてないです。。。お変わりなくてなにより。
I hadn't seen it for more than 10 years! Of course he hasn't changed at all. I think it is the biggest one in Japan. You can get inside of the Buddha by paying 20JPY (The entrance fee of the temple is 200JPY).

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②長谷寺 (Hase temple)
大仏さまに向かう途中、左手にあるお寺。実は子供の頃に行ったことがある、と母は言っていたけど、、、覚えてない。季節のお花がすごくキレイ!あじさいの時期はもっとすごいね。高台にあるから、湘南の海もよく見える。金色に輝く観音様に感動しました。また、水子供養のお寺としても、大黒様のいるお寺としても有名みたいですね。
It is on the left side in the middle of the way to Daibutsu. My mom told me that we had been there when I was a kid, but I don't remember. They grow flowers of each season and are famous for their hydransia flowers. It is on a hill and we can also enjoy the view of Shonan seaside. I was so impressed by the golden Kannon ("guan yin" in chinese, one of the buddha). And they are also famous for spritual treatment of Mizuko (miscarried babies) and one of the Seven Gods, Daikoku sama.
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Then we had a late lunch. We enjoyed Soba noodle! We were at a table called Zashiki, which is on tatami floor and we sit on there. It was his first time and he looked happy to try it (both Zashiki and Soba).
そこで、遅めのランチ。おそば屋さんに行きました。彼にとって、初めてのお座敷&そば!でも果敢(?)にも挑戦していました。

③小町通&鶴岡八幡宮 Komachi street and Tsuruoka Hachimangu shrine
鎌倉で楽しいことの一つは、食べながら歩くこと!

What I like at Kamakura is to eat snacks when walking on the street!
さくら餡のよもぎ団子。Yomogi dango(rice cake) with cherry leaves&bean jam
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ソメイヨシノは散ってたけど、まだまだ「桜」モノが多い季節です。

たまたまお祭りで、お琴の生演奏!びっくり&感動しました。
We didn't know that there was a festival there today! And some ladies played Koto (Japanese traditional instrument with strings), which was so beautiful.
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おみくじは。。。。末吉。The fortune paper I drew was... the bottom rank of good luck.

帰りは遅かったからお店がほとんど閉まってたけど、鎌倉五郎本店でさくらしぐれを買いました!
かわいい!おいしい!!
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彼は本当によく「予習」してきていて、非常に感心しました。こんなに熱心な旅行者は稀です。というわけで、最優秀旅行者賞をあげたいですcrown
He studied about Japan before he came here and I really admire his attitude. I have never seen such a good tourist so I would like to give him The Best Tourist Award!

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