Many of the shrines and temples in Kamakura, the ancient capital of Japan, still retain their old buildings. While most of the shrines and temples in Tokyo were burned down in air raids during World War II, Kamakura was probably less damaged. Although there were air raids in 1945 at the end of the war, it seems that there were no carpet bombings that indiscriminately attacked the entire area. Unlike in Tokyo, there were almost no incendiary attacks.
Kamakura, with its old shrines and temples, is now a great tourist destination. Komachi-dori, the main street near Kamakura Station, is lined with many souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants waiting for tourists. Surprisingly, Komachi-dori used to be a farm road called "Seto Kouchi". In the Kamakura period (1185-1333), commerce was not allowed on Komachi-dori, but on Komachi-oji, east of Wakamiya-oji. Therefore, even the stores on Komachi Street that look like they have been in business for a long time do not have a very long history.
The lantern in the photo was hung in front of a Japanese restaurant that used to operate near Komachi-dori. The lanterns were lit and the restaurant was waiting for customers to come.
|Jan 2005 KANAGAWA STILL LIFE|
|ENTRANCE KAMAKURA LANTERN RESTAURANT|
January 1, 2005
August 15, 2021
Still Life Photography
CANON EOS 1V