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People hurry, the Buddha sits

kamakura buddha statue tokeiji

Kamakura, Japan

Mossy walls in a Kamakura graveyard

japan moss cemetery tokeiji 東慶寺 Kamakura

Today’s photo was taken in Tokeiji.

And now for something completely different…

Time to turn off CNN or whatever news show you’ve been watching for the past five or six days. Time to realize that the news is performed by actors looking for ratings, not reporters looking to give you a true picture of reality. Sure there was a massive quake and tsunami. There is lots of damage, death, and destruction along the coast near Sendai and in Fukushima. Japan will recover, rebuild, and be better than before.

The news media are not presenting things accurately. I cringe at nearly everything they say. The western news media in particular seem to be totally clueless. They sometimes don’t know where they are (naming places that certainly aren’t currently located at as their current location), can’t even pronounce Tokyo (it isn’t To-ki-o), and sensationalize the facts. It’s almost as if they want things to be worse. I watched one news guy call the area hit by the tsunami a “retirement community” since there are so many old people. Rural Japan is loaded with old people. That’s Japan! Elderly people didn’t move there in retirement (which is what an American might think).

We have friends and family who have been watching the news calling and emailing us saying how fortunate we are to be back in the USA and not in Tokyo where we wouldn’t be able to find food to eat, water to drink, and where we’d be dying of exposure to radiation. Ha! I’d take the food selection in Tokyo, post-earthquake, any day.

Here are a couple more links to show how things really are in Tokyo:
Food crisis in Tokyo!!! (not)
Post Earthquake Tokyo

BTW, today’s photo is from Tokeiji in Kamakura. It represents a call for more calmness and less panic-spreading nonsense from CNN and the other news outlets.

You look good in green

moss covered buddhist statue

One of many moss-covered statues that can be found at Tokeiji (東慶寺) in Kamakura.

Kamakura Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) hike

Last week I made my fourth excursion to Kamakura. I have taken a completely different route each time and still feel like I have much to explore and discover in this ancient capital of Japan.

We followed Yamaonna’s Kamakura Daibutsu Hiking Course 大仏ハイキングコース during the morning. I won’t repeat everything she said. Click the link for details.

We skipped Engakuji as I was just there at the end of November. Tokeiji (東慶寺), our first stop, was incredible. I’ll have more pictures from Tokeiji in future entries. The top picture in today’s entry is from there.

The trail itself was very cool and nearly empty. The second picture is of an “ordinary” house, and its fence, on the first part of the trail.

There are a few things I would add or change to Yamaonna’s write up of the Giant Buddha Hiking Course.

One is Jochiji’s admission fee, which has increase by 50 yen in the past few months to 200 yen. Strangely, the 200 yen sign looked very old. Maybe they change the price based on the season?

One item about the Daibutsu Hiking Course I would add is that there are views on this hike when you are near the top. The views to the right are of Mt. Fuji and those to the left are of the bay and the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, the morning was overcast and a bit hazy so we couldn’t see Mt. Fuji and could barely see the ocean when we sat down on the above, empty bench next to these four Japanese ladies.

If you aren’t tired after your walk and after visiting the Daibutsu, make sure to visit Hasedera if you haven’t before or if you aren’t planning on doing so on a future trip. From there you can jump on the train and go to Enoshima or you can walk the beach back most of the way to the Kamakura station, saving 250 yen and seeing much more than you can see from the train.

Also, a cheaper way to get to Kamakura is from Shibuya through Yokohama. Instead of the 780 or 890 yen quoted on Yamaonna’s blog, it is only 550 yen (although it takes a bit longer).

One final note, this hike can be very muddy if it has rained recently. It hadn’t rained in almost 48 hours but it was still muddy for us in places. I wouldn’t recommend this hike if it has rained in the past 24 hours.