Last Monday was a US holiday, but it was a normal work day in Japan, so using an excuse of sunny weather (at least it was when we left) and hoping for little crowd (a rarity in Japan) we decided to explore a place we never been to before. Enoshima island. Lighthouse on it can be seen even far from outside our window. And on a very clear day there is a great view of Mt. Fuji. Alas not this time.
The trip starts with a walk from a train station on Enoden line, where I discover these cutest and I think first time I have ever seen actual yarn bombing in Japan. These little birds were all donned in capes and little berets.
It’s common in Japan for a building to get “dressed-up” if it’s being repainted. This tower in particular had a huge installation that created a really cool geometric pattern.
The knits for sale, I wouldn’t dare to spot their origin, but it looked very Peruvian/South American. But knowing it is not likely to be locally made. Just happy to see knits.
The bridge that connects mainland to the island has ornate marble lanterns. Just look at the eyes of that dragon.
The view of the island opens up to a interesting statue, which actually hosts a full spa right behind it.
Patina-ed old Torii gate starts the main market street leading up the ascent and numbers of shrines.
Must be a very popular spot for street food.
Later, when the crowds dissipated, I got one too – tako sembe (flat bread with octopus). Ones with jellyfish and shrimp were also available. But believe it or not… I broke mine in half not even a minute later (it’s very thin) and that half floated down the street like a frisbee.
Wall of o-mikuji.
Path map of the island between shrines and lighthouse.
Wooden boards with wishes for love written on them.
The island is a popular residence for many cats. They are all domesticated, they will let you pet them.
Nearby food stalls feed them and I saw some cats even sleeping in people’s laps. It was cold, so I am sure they could use some warmth.
To be continued…