Flashback – Japan 2009 -ENGAKU-JI TEMPLE, Kamakura

All photos taken on September 19, 2009.

Once we were in Kamakura, we did not have to worry about what to see or how to get there. Kunika took good care of us. From Kita-Kamakura station, we walked the short distance to Engaku-ji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple founded in 1282.

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Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

6 thoughts on “Flashback – Japan 2009 -ENGAKU-JI TEMPLE, Kamakura

  1. Just catching up with your recent posts Allan, you are a blogging tour de force. I am coming to realise that it takes me too long to put out a piece! It sounds like Kunika was an absolute star who was clearly a big part of what made your trip so special. I haven’t been to Kamakura, so have read with much interest. Of all the temples in Asia, I think Japanese temples might just have the edge.

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    1. Thanks Leighton. I do a lot of bulk posts and hold them “in the hopper”. I have to have the material, the time and the energy to do a series of posts, but I get to rest in between. Kunika was the best tour guide we could have hoped for on that day. We had been in Kamakura before, but never visited for so long. This day was a blessing. Thanks for reading Leighton. Allan

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  2. For anyone who desires to experience Japan’s traditional side, visiting its temples is a must as it is a fantastic way to learn about their history and traditions. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Absolutely. The same can be said about getting to know the First Nations beliefs of your own country. Once you get to experience and know a culture as kind as that in Japan, it is hard not to admire it. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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  3. Looks like the perfect spot to visit and so great to have Kunika help navigate too. I laughed at your point about only 300 years of history because same over here. I see “old” buildings from early 1800s, but that is practically brand new for Asia and Europe.

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    1. She knew all the best places to take us. The history surrounds you and then you see something totally modern and yet it all still works together. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Allan

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