Hokokuji, Kamakura Bamboo Garden

Accompanied by a lovely wind speaking from the canopy, late in the afternoon on the first day of spring I wandered through Hokokuji. A Zen Buddhist Temple in Kamakura renowned for its small garden of moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis).

Established in the 14th century, Hokokuji is the 10th destination on the Kamakura 33 Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) pilgrimage.

When mature, the plants reach heights of 28 meters (more than 90 feet).

The warm glow of the tea house through the bamboo.

First view of the burial caves common in the Kamakura area.

The burial caves.

Viewing the garden after taking tea.

Looking more closely at one of the many specimens which grace the gardens as the seasons change.

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself. ~Matsuo Basho

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