Walking around Kamakura (Part 2) ~Looking for spring~

Now that the new year has arrived, I went on my customary walk around Kamakura (though it was my second time there...).
Last time I went, it was the height of spring, and the walk with the cherry blossoms in full bloom was a sight to behold.
→Related article “Strolling around the cherry blossoms in Kita-Kamakura ~Looking for Sanetomo~

But this time, even though it's the new spring, what kind of scenery will we be able to see in the winter season? ?
I started my walk around Kamakura with a mixture of anticipation and anxiety.
*Walk date: January 10, 2018

The first place I visited was Engakuji, which I visited last time.
What I saw there...

“There are no flowers or autumn leaves!!”
Well, it's natural since it's this time of year, but the atmosphere is completely different from the last time when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom.
Engaku-ji Temple is the second-ranked Zen temple in Kamakura's Gozan. If you think about it, perhaps this desolate feeling is what it should be like.

The same goes for Gekmei-in, which is famous for its cherry blossoms in spring and hydrangeas in early summer.
This is what the flower approach looks like...

But please take a look at the Sanmon gate from behind.
Aren't winter flowers decorating the place with color?
How elegant!

Next, I came again to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
A new life is being protected in the right hand of a rotting large ginkgo tree.
“Do your best, Dai Ginkgo!” I also muttered a little.

Look, these aren't pigeons, they're seagulls.

Seagulls must have been very familiar to Sanetomo.
"Kamomeru, Araiso's Suzaki, Ushio Michite, Hidden Hiyukiba, Masaru Waka Koi" (from Minamoto Sanetomo's "Kanegoi Wakashu")
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So far, the walking route has been the same as last time, but from now on it's different.
Mr. S, who loves his hometown of Kamakura, will guide us to some hidden spots in Kamakura. We visited the spots.

Jomyoji is one of the five Kamakura mountains.
I had a wonderful encounter here.

Surprisingly, an old plum blossom was blooming, and it was just a single flower.
Before we knew it, spring had arrived.
I can't help but sing a song about this.
"If you look at the never-fading remnants of snow, flowers will bloom on the cold branches" (Ucchi)
``Kamakura people who don't know about winter see snow when they see the white branches of plum blossoms.'' (Ucchi)

And "Egara Tenjin Shrine" is the number one recommended by Mr. S.
Surprisingly, spring was here too. And it's a bright red spring.

The tag said, ``Kamakura's earliest blooming cold red plum.''
One more time when I'm feeling better...
``Even though it's winter, if you feel like spring, the flowers in the picture shrine will bloom.'' (Ucchi)

You can unexpectedly see plum blossoms, both red and white.
How lucky I am!

Kamakura is a wonderful place that gives you a sense of elegance no matter when you visit.

(Written by Uchida Engaku, a poet)

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