Twas’ the last of the autumn days when my friend and his wife from Scotland came to visit. He’s an engineer with a love of the physics of drainage. I’m a science major with a curiosity about physics. Together we nerded out on how drainage works at Japanese temples and shrines.
If that’s not your thing, then just enjoy the beautiful autumn shots of Kamakura …
The weather could not have been more stunning. Here are some of my favorite autumn shots. These were taken a couple weeks ago when the leaves were still there. They’re all gone now.
I love autumn leaves reflected on a still surface of water.
This is one of my favorites. In the video you can see the ripples from the breeze appear on the water.
The fiery colors danced in the wind.
Sunlight really sets off the colors.
We hiked up one of my favorite trails in Kamakura, the Gion Yama.
After the hiking trail we went here for the tea house that is to the left.
The tea house features a few of a Zen garden.
This is the most expensive of the tea set options. My friend’s wife got it, it has anko (sweet bean paste) inside.
Tea bowls are deeper in winter in order to keep the tea warm. They become shallower and wider in the summer so it can cool off. That tea treat was so good.
The peaceful sound of water dripping added atmosphere to the tea house.
You can see my black boots left up on the top shelf if you look close. This was the entrance to the tea house.
We ended the day at this temple which is famous for its staircase.
The leaves had fallen perfectly among the stones. This was the last place we visited before heading to Kamakura station for coffee at the Tully’s. A pity the clouds robbed us of an exciting sunset, but it was still a gorgeous morning.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s everyone!
I wish everyone a bright 2018!