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Fireboats welcomed our arrival as we sailed under the Rainbow Bridge into Tokyo Harbor. Our afternoon arrival was timed for low tide – so we would clear the bridge! (This is our first time docking right in Tokyo, instead of in the Port of Yokohama.)
But – we left Tokyo behind for the afternoon and travelled by coach through Yokohama to Kamakura, the seat of the Regent and Shogunate during the Kamakura period. Main draw – the bronze Great Buddha, second largest Buddhist image in Japan, created 7 ½ centuries ago.
Our cute guide-trainee, making sure we knew our departure time from the Temple
So – these monks must be taking photos of the great Buddha, right?
Driving to the next shrine – guess schools out –
We walked under this classic Torii arch at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
Water to cleanse oneself before entering. The shrine was founded in 1180, and enlarged to what we saw today in 1828.
Saki barrels – for?
Back on the ship, a local group called “Core” performed on the drums – impressive precision and very loud!
Overnight in Tokyo Bay – so special.