Kamakura trip

31 Jan

Yesterday, my second daughter’s class took a field trip to 鎌倉 (Kamakura).

鎌倉 (Kamakura) is a city about 90-minutes south of Tokyo. It was the capital of Japan at one time, and it’s an old 下町 (traditional-style town).

鎌倉 (Kamakura) is most famous for the 大仏 (“Great Buddah” statue) that is there.

大仏 (Great Buddah)

大仏 (Great Buddah)

Unfortunately, it rained all day yesterday, so my daughter’s field-trip wasn’t as good as it could have been.
We have been to 鎌倉 (Kamakura) as a family many times…Click here to see a post I wrote about a trip we took there last April (with photos of 流鏑馬 (Horseback Archery).

My daughter took the photo above of 大仏 (“Great Buddah“), and these photos:




Today was my youngest daughter’s 学校公開 (Open School / “Parents Day”). Which is the day that parents can come watch their kids classes.

I watched my daughter’s Cooking Class. The class was right before lunch…they prepared a traditional Japanese meal and ate it for lunch.
They did a good job! 美味しそう! (It looked delicious!)


In about 1992, a store that I liked opened in Tokyo.
It was called the “Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum“.
The store had sections devoted to The Beatles, The Stray Cats, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Guns ‘N Roses…and KISS (which is why I liked it!).

The store had a large statue of Elvis Presley out front. (Supposedly many Elvis fans contributed to the cost of erecting the statue…including American rock star Jon Bon-Jovi and former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi!)

I am using the past-tense when I refer to the store in this post because I just found out that after being open all these years…the “Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum” closed down about two-weeks ago.

This is right after another landmark store in Tokyo closed recently (Click here).

The last time I went to the “Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum” was on November 2, 2008. I mentioned it in a post (with a photo)…click here to see it.

8 Responses to “Kamakura trip”

  1. Gary June 28, 2009 at 4:41 am #

    I have a “coin” dated 10-11-1920 from Kamakura with the Great Budda on the front and other landscaping. On the back are 2 pigeons.

    Just wondering if anyone knows anything about the coin or about that date.


    • tokyo5 June 28, 2009 at 11:06 am #

      I think it must be a souvenir coin from Kamakura.

      I don’t know anything special about 1920 Oct 11, though.

      Where did you get it from?


  2. tokyo5 February 4, 2009 at 9:40 pm #


    Did you go to that Huey Lewis concert at the 東京ドーム (Tokyo Dome) on New Years Eve 1989.

    I not much of a Huey Lewis fan…but I like Michael Monroe and Loudness (I have see Loudness in concert).
    And I came to Japan about nine months later.


  3. tokyo5 February 4, 2009 at 9:34 pm #


    Were you in Japan two years ago? For how long?
    What country are you from?

    >quite interesting city

    Yes, 鎌倉 (Kamakura) is very nice!


  4. Jeffrey February 4, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    The first time I went to Kamakura was on New Year’s Day, 1990 after having stayed up all night to ring in the New Year. Actually, I rocked in the New Year at the Tokyo Dome where I go to see Don Henley, Huey Lewis and the News, Bryan Adams, Michael Monroe, and Loudness. I went back to Kamakura two years ago and spent a day walking around. It’s a lovely city.


  5. badka February 4, 2009 at 1:25 am #

    I was in Kamakura two years ago during my trainee at the Yokohama Kenshu Center. That was quite interesting city, indeed.


  6. tokyo5 February 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm #


    You really love Japanese culture, huh?

    How often do you come here?


  7. Tornadoes28 February 1, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    I am currently reading a book on Japanese history about the Kamakura period. Kamakura was the home of the very first Japanese Shogun. Previously Japan had been ruled by the emperor for several hundred years. But the warriors of Japan, the samurai, gained control under the Minamoto clan introducing the first time that rule was under the samurai.


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