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April 13 – TOKYO, JAPAN

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DAY 2

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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.)

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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.

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Our cute guide-trainee, making sure we knew our departure time from the Temple

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So – these monks must be taking photos of the great Buddha, right?

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Nope.

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Driving to the next shrine – guess schools out –

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What?!!

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We walked under this classic Torii arch at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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Water to cleanse oneself before entering. The shrine was founded in 1180, and enlarged to what we saw today in 1828.

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Saki barrels – for?

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Lovely

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Back on the ship, a local group called “Core” performed on the drums – impressive precision and very loud!

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Overnight in Tokyo Bay – so special.

Posted by Swenigale 17:19 Archived in Japan

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