Out and About in Japan! – Kamakura and Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu

2 thoughts on “Out and About in Japan! – Kamakura and Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu”

  1. >…a torii…for the purpose of cleansing the soul before entering into the shrine. I’m not sure if that part is true or not. Does anyone have any idea if that’s true or not?

    Yes, that’s right. Shrines, not temples, have a torii at the entrance. Many people (especially older) take off their hat and bow when passing underneath.

    >You then pour the rest of the water out of the scoop with it facing you and pouring over your hand. I wish I had more specifics about it.

    It’s called a “Te-mizu-ya”.

    Did you see the 大仏 (Great Buddah) in Kamakura?

    The last time I went to Kamakura, we went to the bamboo forest.
    I wrote a post:


    1. Thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out here. We didn’t go see the Great Buddah that day, we wanted to but I was sick and was wearing out by the time we finished at the shrine. But we do plan to go out there soon.

      The bamboo forest looks very cool! Where is it?


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