Kamakura Shrines and Statues
Kamakura is a famous spot on Japan where there are a lot of shrines and statues of Buddha. Ono sensei took our group over to Kamakura to have a look. It was very interesting to see the different buildings, shrines, nature, and statues.
On our way to the shrines, we came across the Torii gate, which is the gate that you enter to get to the shrines. Through the gate was a long walk to actually get to the shrine, but it was surrounded by nice trees.
Before going up into the shrines, We had to wash our hands with a certain set of instructions. It was fairly easy, mostly because i already learnt what we needed to do, but Ono sensei reminded us what to do.
Entering the shrines where a lot of people were praying, There were more set of instructions that we needed to follow. First, we needed to give offering, which is throwing a coin into a box. I gave 1 yen because i had too much 1 yens in my wallet, and because the 1 yen was very light and plastic, when i threw the coin, the coin barely made it into the box. After throwing the coin, we had to bow twice, clap twice, pray for a couple seconds, then bow again.
After looking around the place, we saw a lot of nice scenery and nature. Everything were just “in the right places” and it was nice to look at.
After that we went to see the giant Buddha statue. We were able to go in the statue, but all that was inside was the statues history.
My trip to Kamakura was again, very interesting and different to what i’ve seen. I enjoyed it! Thank you to the people who made this happen!
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My name is Xekiel Brown and I'm a Year 11 student. I will be blogging my experiences in Japan here!