A Spanish Couple is very Curious about Japan

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Date & Time: Monday, July 15(holiday), 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Spots: Houkokuji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hasedera Temple, Kotoku–in Temple (Great Buddha), Yuigahama Beach
Visitors: A Spanish couple
Attendant: 1 KSGG member
Language: Spanish

They didn’t look tired although they had arrived just the day before. As they got to Kamakura Station early, where we were to meet up, they had a break at a café. We started the tour. We visited Hokokuji Temple by bus. They enjoyed walking in the bamboo grove and having green tea there.

Then we headed to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine on foot. On the way to the shrine, they were curious about all the things they saw and kept asking me questions. When they saw the sake barrels dedicated to Hachimangu Shrine, they asked me whether sake is high in alcohol. I immediately replied that it contains almost as much alcohol as wine. As the questions about the figures like alcohol contents, the population of Kamakura and the cities they would visit were expected, I had checked on them in advance. They enjoyed the quiz using Chinese numeral cards while having lunch in Komachi-street.

After visiting Hasedera Temple and Kotokuin Temple (Great Buddha), they told me that they wanted to see the Pacific Ocean because they live in a Mediterranean port town, Alicante. So I took them to an unscheduled place, Yuigahama Beach. It was good to walk on a cool rainy day. But it was chilly there and the beach was not lively though it was a national holiday called “Marine Day”. As they had only brought summer clothes, they said they were going to buy warm clothes at the UNIQLO near their hotel. We said goodbye on the Kamakura Station platform.