What to Expect
Kamakura is basically a quiet historical place where you can feel traditional Japanese culture. But some places are touristy lately. Let me introduce you two places where not so many people go ; Kaburagi Kiyokata Memorial Art Museun, and a teahouse in the quiet residential area near the busy Komachi street. Kaburaki Kiyokata was a successfull contemporaly Japanese-style painter and the museum is a refined Japanese-style house built on the site where he lived the last part of his life. They exhibis reproduced atelier with paint brushes etc too.
At the teahouse, Teisyu, a host of the tea ceremony makes your tea right in front of you so that you can see the entire procedure. This is something special that you can not experience at many of other places. Teisyu also knows about other Japanese culture very well such as Ikebana or Japanese flower arrangement, Kimono, Haiku or Japanese shortest poems, Japanese sweets and so on. The conversation between the host and the guest over a cup of green tea creats a special moment. That's what tea ceremony should be!! After that, the tour takes you to Tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine which has been the center of Kamakura since the 13th century, and which is only two minutes away from the tea house.