Kamakura-since 700 A.D. or 10,000 B.C.

Buddha ema, Anyo-in.


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Anyo-in, by Andy Barker. May 5, 2008.

Anyo-in shrine in Kamakura, famous for huge azalea all in magenta flower. Also, a popular place to lay in your "I was here on religous pilgrimage" stickers. This photo was taken by Andy Barker with his superior camera.

toes1. May 5, 2008.

Buddha's rather strangely shaped toes reflect the late spring foliage and silver heavens. Anyo-in.

The Buddha's footprints. Anyo-in.

ema. May 5, 2008.

Anyo-in ema or placards, with wishes. A cheerful cartoon of Buddha with the magenta azaleas.

mossy kanji. Jan. 9, 2008.

How long does lichen take to cover ancient kanji on tombstones? 10,000 years, according to the Kimigayo, the controversial Japanese national anthem. The words are from a 31-syllable tanka poem in the Kokin-wakashu, a 10th-century anthology.

tokmoss2. Jan. 7, 2008.

More moss.

tokmoss3. Jan. 7, 2008.

More moss. Confirming where this is exactly soon.

seabike. December 23, 2007.

Along the seawall of Enoshima, a lone bicycle meets the wintery sea.

3tiles. Feb. 4, 2008.

Three tiles on a snowy February day in Engaku-ji.

tokengakuji1. Feb. 4, 2008.

Engakuji on a winter's day.

tokengakuji2. Feb. 4, 2008.

Engakuji, looking out from the massive main wooden structure to the surrounding cypress trees.

tokengakuji34. Feb. 4, 2008.

Base of the pillar, Engakuji. Poetry in wood, stone, light and shadow.