Date & Time: Saturday, May 20, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Spots: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hasedera Temple, Kotokuin Temple (Great Buddha), and Hokokuji Temple
Visitors: A Taiwanese mother and her daughter
Guides: 2 KSGG members
This was the last day of the three days’ tour for the Taiwanese mother guided in turn by KSGG’s Chinese study group. (KSGG took her to Yokohama on May 16 and 18.) On the previous tours, she was the only visitor. But this time her daughter, who had just finished a job in Yokohama, joined her mother. The mother has lots of work experiences and was very active. She got interested in everything she saw. As the weather was fine on Saturday, and perfect for sightseeing, everywhere we went was very crowded. They enjoyed strolling around Kamakura and buying sweets on the way. Taiwan has a close relationship with Japan and the mother came to Japan before. This time her daughter paid for her travel. She seemed happy and relaxed greatly. We could understand each other very easily thanks to the Chinese characters that we share in common. They were very interested in Japanese culture and believed in Buddhism, so they felt very familiar with the shrines and temples, where they prayed to the Buddha repeatedly. They enjoyed the tour at every spot, taking pictures to keep its memory. At the end of the tour, they thanked us a lot and said goodbye with shaking hands.