Jul 11, 2012

Kamakura - 伝統的な町 (chapter 2)

Assalamualaikum & good evening,

For anyone who accidentally bumped into this post, i recommend you to read from chapter 1 or you can access the link from HERE . This post continue from previous post. Do enjoy...

After 4 of us finished eating our 'Obama Presidential' ice-cream, our 2 other friends arrived in Kamakura. They got class in the morning, so they can't join us early in the morning. So, we met them at 小町通り (Komachi Street, also known as shopping street in Kamakura).

 Entrance of the Komachi Street

 Komachi Street is the shopping street that starts from this shrine gate (picture above) all the way to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. These street famous for its stylish cafes, eateries serving traditional sweets and stores selling japanese miscellaneous goods and craft products. It is indeed a busy area, always crowded with tourists enjoying shopping and dining. 

 Finally we met them (Koichi & Sultan)....buying an ABC 

After meeting them, we finally realized that we had not taken our lunch yet. So, it's for lunch. We set-in a traditional japanese udon restaurant & i ordered cold udon served with raw eggs, seaweed and some other veggies. I forgot the name of the dish. The udon neither taste good nor bad, but at least it can give me energy and keep me up.

Actually, all of us ordered the same things.
I respect my japanese friends because they evade from eating pork in front of us.
They respect our religious

After finished eating, our journey continue to the next tourist attraction place which was 鶴岡八幡宮 (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu or Hachimangu Shrine). Easy way to reach there is just by walking along the Komachi Street until the end and you will see a signboard show the entrance to the Hachimangu Shrine. 

Us in front of the shrine

Sultan & Ueno getting carried away~ ;)

Me with Koichi in front of some kind of stage...

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is the most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa-Prefecture, Japan. The shrine is at the geographical and cultural center of the city of Kamakura, which has largely grown around it. 

At the left of its great stone stairway (stairway in the 2 picture above), stood a 1000 years old Ginkgo tree, which was uprooted by a storm in the early hours of March 10, 2010. The only left is just the lower part of the tree. 

 That's the old ginkgo tree....
*please ignore the people surrounding

Background is the picture of sake (Japanese wine)
Usually used in special occasion as serving to God

With the generation of samurai 

Us again

Forget to mention that during our tour to Kamakura, it was Tanabata day. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival. Tanabata or in Japanese word wrote as 七夕 which means 'Evening of the Seventh'. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. That's why Tanabata is celebrate on 7th July every year.

During Tanabata celebration, people will write their wish on a special paper and hang it along a certain place in the shrine area. We didn't miss our opportunity to write down our own wish too.

can you see the paper i was holding?
All of our wish were written there

I still remember some of our wish such as 「人生を幸せになるように」 or "hope i can live a happy life" but the fun wish was "I want to travel to Malaysia and Saudi Arabia"....誰のかなぁ?

That's all for our tour in Kamakura for the whole day. We then took our train to go back home late evening. When arriving at 相模大野 (Sagami-Oono) to change train, suddenly Sultan (my Saudi Arabian friend) told us to wait there at the platform as he smell something delicious. As he appeared again, he was holding 2 bags of pizza.....O My God, "Alhamdulillah rezeki" that's what on my mind at that time. We already know that Sultan is a very generous person and that's what makes our bond more tighter. Insya Allah

Before heading to respective home, we decided to hang-out once again for that day. So, we have our dinner together at our usual spot; Doner Kebab just near my house. It is a Turkey Restaurant and the person-in-charge of the restaurant is very friendly. He's like my father here in Japan. 

Dinner with pizza....actually, pizza just as an appetizer

That's all for this post. Hope you enjoy reading it. 

To my friends, thanks a lot for the whole day activity. I had soo much fun being together with you guys. Hope our bond of friendship stays together eventhough we're from different races and country. Thanks again. 

俺は日本に来る前に、「友達をよくできるのか?」や「どうやって日本人の友達になる?」、そのような不安はいつも考えていた。でも、皆ESS のメンバーを知って、本当に嬉しかった。俺はできれば皆に会いたい、皆に友達になりたい。英語のことわざにより"If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone"、俺が信じる。だから今作った友情の絆は永遠まで続くと祈る。永遠の友達。ありがとう皆~

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