Much of Kamakura's heritage was for various reasons over the centuries first lost and later rebuilt. Kamakura is known among Buddhists for having been the cradle of Nichiren Buddhism during the 13th century. Founder Nichiren wasn't a native: he was born in Awa Province , in today's Chiba Prefecture , but it was only natural for a preacher to come here because the city was the political centre of the country at the time.
Ankokuron-ji claims to have on its grounds the cave where the master, with the help of a white monkey, hid from his persecutors. Kamakura has many historically significant Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, some of them, like Sugimoto-dera, over 1, years old. A 15th-century tsunami destroyed the temple that once housed the Great Buddha, but the statue survived and has remained outdoors ever since. This iconic Daibutsu is arguably amongst the few images which have come to represent Japan in the world's collective imagination.
They are often sponsored by private businesses and, unlike those in Kyoto , they are relatively small-scale events attended mostly by locals and a few tourists. Day before the first day of spring usually Feb. The original location of the temple is unclear, but it was closed some time in the middle Muromachi period.
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Although important, the pass was not considered one of the Entrances because it connected two areas both fully within Kamakura. It was then an important way of transit, but it was also much narrower than today and harder to pass. The pass is presently closed to all traffic because of the danger posed by falling rocks. On April 28, , a day of heavy rain, a large section of rock on the Omachi side of the Shakado Pass gave way, making the road temporarily impassable for pedestrians. Usually present in the cemetery of most Buddhist temples in the town, they are extremely numerous also in the hills surrounding it, and estimates of their number always put them in the thousands.
The reason why they were dug is not known, but it is thought likely that the tradition started because of the lack of flat land within the narrow limits of Kamakura's territory. Started during the Kamakura period — , the tradition seems to have declined during the following Muromachi period , when storehouses and cemeteries came to be preferred. JR East 's Yokosuka Line has three stations within the city. Next is Kita-Kamakura Station. In the center of the city is Kamakura Station , the central railway station in the city.
Kamakura Station is the terminal for the Enoshima Electric Railway. This railway runs westward to Fujisawa , and part of its route runs parallel to the seashore. After leaving Kamakura Station, trains make eight more station stops in the city. The next station on the line is Gokurakuji Station , one of the settings for the film Our Little Sister. Kamakura has many educational facilities. The city operates sixteen public elementary schools and nine middle schools.
The national government has one elementary and one middle school, and there are two private elementary and six private middle schools. At the next level are four prefectural and six private high schools. Also in Kamakura is a prefectural special school. Kamakura Women's University is the city's sole university. Kamakura has a mayor and a city council, all publicly elected. The mayor is Takashi Matsuo Politician. Kamakura has six sister cities. Three are in Japan and three are overseas: .
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Kamakura disambiguation. Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture. September 1, Main article: Yamanouchi, Kanagawa. Main article: Kamakura period.
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