Kamakura JP

moments in kamakura

By Patricia Belyea

TOKYO JP  One of my fav things to do when I’m in Tokyo is to leave town. Just one hour south of Japan’s most populated metropolis awaits the seaside city of Kamakura. Known for its giant bronze buddha, Kamakura promises sweet air and big skies. Plus hip cafes and lovely shops line its narrow streets.

Here's a photo tour with some of today’s best moments.

Excerpt from Rudyard Kipling’s poem, Buddha at Kamakura:

A tourist-show, a legend told,
A rusting bulk of bronze and gold,
So much, and scarce so much,
ye hold The meaning of Kamakura?


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7 comments


  • Patricia Belyea
    Caroline—Good to know. I’ll check it out next time I am in Kamakura. PB

  • Caroline O'Reilly
    Swany is definitely worth the detour from Tokyo. The patterns are wonderful and half the price of other Japanese patterns plus they have an amazing selection of fabrics and remnants. The shop is at 1 Chome-1-8 Omachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0007, Japan

  • tpmgmd50
    Took a day trip to Kamakura on your advice. Loved it especially the Buddha. Found an honest to goodness fabric shop here, called “Swany” if I recall correctly, just a bit off the main shopping area. Not sure it is worth a detour however, except out of curiosity. American fabric was common, Japanese fabric, not so much.

  • Patricia Belyea
    Janet—Your visit to Mr Hirata’s home trumps my tourist walk through town! PB

  • Patricia Belyea
    Janet—Kamakura awaits you! A long flight to Narita, a short train into Tokyo, and a day trip to the seaside city. I hope you can visit someday. PB

  • Janet Larson
    Thank you for sharing your adventure. One day, I would love to see this beauty in person.⚘

  • Janet Wright
    In 2011 I went on a Silk Study tour with Glennis Dolce and Kamakura was one of the places we visited. We were invited into the home of our Guide Mr. Hirata. Quite an honor. I envy you your trip. See you in May

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