Friday, May 23, 2014

Kamakura Day trip Sep 2013, part TWO

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip
I thought I left Hase area (the one with Big Buddha) for Enoshima in my previous blog post but discovered from my photos that I actually went to another temple: Hasedera (長谷寺). This is what happens when you don't blog soon!

There were signs all over the place to warn us of this bird of prey call Kite.

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour tripajisai hydrangea
This place looks good for Ajisai (Hydrangea) viewing during June rainy season. Seemed more impressive than the one I visited.

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip
There were flowers that you can buy as offerings for the temple. They trust that you would drop the cash into the box in front and then take the flowers.

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip
Very tranquil.

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip
Expensive Yummy Beautiful koi (carp) fish!

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip
Stairs do not stop old granny from climbing!

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip
As I said, I wasn't interested in temples but I saw a "Cave" sign and got interested.

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave
The red gate called Torii 鳥居 marks the transition from our world to a sacred world.

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave
You can put money and buy a candle to offer to the various gods inside.

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave benzaiten
Benzaiten, goddess of Music, Eloquence and Fortune$$$!

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave
There were some low ceilings in the cave~

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave benzaiten
An army of Benzaiten (the goddess that I introduced earlier)

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave benzaiten
The goddess Benzaiten 弁財天 is derived from a Hindu goddess. She originally represents only eloquence and music but because the word "zai" that means talent has the same pronunciation as "zai" for wealth, so the word got replaced and she represents wealth too!

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave benzaiten

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave benzaiten
Close up, very surreal.

Hasedera 長谷寺 temple Hase Temple kamakura japan tour trip cave
And here's the exit! Next one is Enoshima for sure!

7 comments:

  1. He-he, I was several times at Kamakura, and I've never been here.
    Very nice report, and another point to visit.

    BTW, yummy carps ... looks lilke You was hungry ... :lol:

    Good one, thanks,
    ewww...

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    1. Haha, I'd yet to finish the chocolates that you gave me though XD

      I'd love to visit Kamakura again too~

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  2. Looks great as always...So did you had any misfortune with Kite? Did he attacked anyone? Birds that loose respect of humans tend to be very agressive as Kite seems to be the case.

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    1. Nope, I wasn't attacked. Maybe I didn't carry any food in my hand.
      Lots of big fat crows though!

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    2. Like the ones in an old cartoon of yours...all shiny and mighty...and with bad temper hahaha

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    3. Haha the one about the shiny crows? I wonder if they are edible... hmm...

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    4. Nvm, I found it, it's edible XDDD
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOrkttA0Xns

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