The Bamboo Forest in Kamakura!

Hello again!

Now is the rainy season in Japan. One positive thing about that is that the bamboo are greener and fresher than ever! Bamboo is one of my favorite plants, so when my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to go to the Bamboo forest in Kamakura last weekend, I was very happy! We brought with us my room-mate Ida too :3

I’m not really sure how long the train trip was, but about 1 1/2 hour or something, so it’s a nice day trip!

sooo here is a ” small ” selection of photos ( people asked me to take a lot of photos, so I did my best). Sorry about some blurry ones, but that just gives extra charm, nee ;3

Aaaah superexcited! The entrance was a beautyful small Japanese Zen Garden.

  

I really love how Japan takes care of their trees, and support their branches with solid bamboo sticks when needed. But I wonder how it got that nice angle….

Do anyone know why they dress them up like this?

Pretty fish!   ><,*>

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Looks like it used to be water here before the bamboo came…

    

In the forest, you could stop to rest and enjoy the forest while have a real hand made Matcha! Matcha is a Japanese green tea made of fine powdered greentea leafs. It is very concentrated and is very bitter. This is also the kind of tea that is used for Japanese tea cermony, and the old ladies working here use their own hands and the pretty bamboo-matcha-whip, to whip the powder and water together! Also, since its so bitter, you get Japanese sweets to have to the tea. I think this was a really nice experience, real matcha tea and amazing forest view! Everything for 700yen ( 200yen without the tea, but you need the tea…!). I would like to go back…

  

Aaaaah drinking tea surrounded by bamboo and new-rain-flower-aroma :3

  

Took a snap with the pretty flowers that seem to be in season for the moment! They are everywhere and gives a nice sent to the city air, but also in the countryside!

On our way back to the station in Kamakura ( we decided to walk instead of taking the bus –> good decision), and we found a staircase down to the river! It was really locked by a chain crossing the entrance, but an old man said we could go down if we wanted to! Yay!

  

Big black Koi! Further up the river we saw some bright orange ones too!

  

Cute house with a small tree right in front of the entrance :3

One of the many shrines to look at! some of them cost 200 yen to visit, but not this one. It was loong and steep stairs, kinda scary since it as all wet. But it made me very curious. Luckily we found a off-road way down that was much more fun 😛

On the top we was met by two very mean looking turtles and two entrances to where you could pray and give drink and food to the gods.

We came across a ceramic shop where they sold these, I fell absolutely in love with them! The picture doesn’t really show how amazing the color blending, textures and the handcrafts itself is! Apparently, they have a gallery in Minato-Ku, where i do nails! You can check their website here, if you are interested!

  

Aaaah I never get tired of these colorful dangly things! makes my smile every time!

On the station waiting for the train. Hmmm… is someone trying to discreetly have a Horror hotel going on here?

And ofc, since the trains stops at Yokohama, we HAD to et off there to enjoy the view of this beautiful place and eat dinner at the China Town !

In all, Kamakura is a nice place where I would like to go back, kinda of a tourist spot, but mainly japanese tourist. Many small nice shops where they sell typical Japanese items, tea shops, and buy old used Japanese things, or new hand-made ones for a good price!

Thank you for the view, I hope you liked it!

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