Walking around Kamakura of each season with “Ochibi san” 〜Autumn foliage and the literature
Hello, I’m Manami from SUNCHI editorial desk.
Do you know the comics “Ochibi san” “? It’s the work of “.Moyoko Annoas known for her work “Hatarakiman”.When she fell down from overwork she cancelled all serial comics except “Ochibi san”. She draws ochibi san, small creatures living in Kamakura as she does. Let’s have a walk around Kamakura, the old capital of sea breeze with them.
We headed first to Kosokuji Temple as known as flower temple. It’s a small temple located between Hasedera Temple and Kotokuin Temple of Great Buddha. Getting off at Hasedera station, it’s just 5 minutes’ walk to it. It was a little early for autumn leaves, but still it was nice to see changing colors.
According to the chief priest, flowers bloom throughout year and it gives different tastes to Kosokuji Temple. The best time for autumn leaves in Kamakura is around the end of November to the beginning of December, which is a little later than in Tokyo.
We stepped forward Kamakura Museum of Literature in a crisp air.
The slope of nice atmosphere like the one in some beautiful story led us to European style building, Kamakura Museum of Literature. The building was ex count Maeda’s villa and rebuilt to the present shape by the 16th head of the family in 1936. The Japanese-Western style building of full of atmosphere is sometimes used for shooting for TV Drama or a model for Manga. The details like wooden mosaic floor are dainty.
Kamakura Literati, who has some relation with Kamakura is now listed up to 340 novelists including Yasunari Kawabata. Looking at the permanent but seasonally changing exhibition of their handwriting manuscript and letters, I could picture as if “Nazeni”, an Ochibi san with his eyes brightened at many books.
We went out to the rose garden for a rest. The roses named after the novel “Haru no Yuki” of Yukio Mishima and of the names related to Kamakura were in full bloom. Dreaming of spreading out my lunch in a rose scent on a sunny day, we moved to Kamakura station starving.
We came back to busy Kamakura station, and then good smell tempted us as we walked along Komachi Dori Street. We resisted the temptation to hop and eat, we dived right into the small restaurant “Anago chirashi komachi”. What we wanted to have was the big draw “conger eel sushi”. Anago, conger eel is noted as the summer food, but many prefer the one in winter as it’s fatty than in summer. The rice bowl of Oribe Pottery that they use was handed down from previous Sushi restaurant. I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone comes back to see this rice bowl.
Swanky man, ex editor, runs for lunch and his son who has practiced cooking for years in Tokyo runs for dinner serving fishes he caught.
Now that our stomachs are full, let’s get back to the literature. There is a conspicuous shop of old appearance among many newly opened shops in Komachi Dori. ”Shato” the specialty shop of Washi paper was established in 1969. It’s been having patronage from novelists living in Kamakura such as Yasunari Kawabata. Washi paper with colorful patterns and Kaishi, folded paper kept inside the fold of Kimono are occupied the space.
“My mother started this shop as a hobby”, told the 2nd master who were interested more in white washi paper than colorful chiyogami paper. She showed us lots of different white paper with saying that the same white colored paper differed depending on a way of papermaking and the season. Among them, there were valuable papers whom Picasso, Chagall, and Dali were in favor of. These are available at around 4000 yen per 60cm by 90cm. To my surprise, it’s not beyond reach.