One of the Japanese gardens at Hase-dera.
Chris helping Kai with the hand washing ritual.
Kai, having a little too much fun with the water!
A view of Kamakura Bay.
Rachelle & Dallas
Tandy, Kanoa, Chris & Kai.=
Inside of a pretty umbrella.
Dallas photobombing through the bushes, in front of Kyozo Sutra Archive.
My new love, this ume (plum) drink, was discovered at a vending machine at Hase-dera in Kamakura. Chris told me it was his favorite, so I gave it a try. YUM!!! I was forever on the lookout for the ume drink after this.
A view as we climbed the hill.
View large panoramic of Kamakura Bay.
This kannon statue was on the walking trail.
An old stone statue. There were a bunch here.
These ema are prayer boards, or wish boards. People write down they’re prayers or wishes and hang them up here where the gods will receive them.
This one was in English….
…. but there were so many different languages represented.
After our okonomiyaki lunch, we walked up the road to Hase-dera temple. We didn’t spend too much time taking part inside the temple or doing temple rituals. The grounds here are so beautiful, we mostly just walked around. There were a lot of beautiful Japanese gardens with all kinds of peonies growing. The temple is known more for its hydrangea, but it was not the right season. Hase-dera is built along a big hill. The gardens are at the bottom and the buildings are a little farther up. You can climb a trail to the top – I kept telling Dallas there better be monkeys at the top, after all that climbing. When we got to the top, no monkeys. But there was an amazing view of Kamakura Bay, which was pretty cool. I mean, I know Japan is an island, but I never really thought about beaches!
Hase-dera has hundreds of small Jizo statues. I’d venture to say thousands, even. These are left by parents mourning the loss of mizuko, or children lost to miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion. I read that the statues remain in place for about a year before being removed to make space for more statues. They estimate that since WWII, there have been about 50,000 Jizo statues placed at Hase-dera.
The entrance to Benen-do Hall and Benten-kutusu Cave.
Dallas in Benten-do Hall.
Hase-dera also has a cave, Benten-kutsu Cave. Inside are a bunch of really old carved statues and the whole place is dimly lit by candlelight. It’s a little bit creepy! Of course, this was one of Kai’s favorite things!
Leaving Hase-dera. We stopped at Kamakura Gelato before heading home.
Here are some more great photos of Hase-dera that I found online.