Singaporean Family Visit Great Buddha and Enjoy Japanese Food and Matcha (Powdered Green Tea)

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[Date & Time] Tuesday, January 24, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
[Spots] Kotokuin Temple (Great Buddha), Jomyoji Temple, Hokokuji Temple, and Sugimotodera Temple
[Visitors] 3 Singaporeans
[Attendant] 1 KSGG member
[Language] English

I guided three Singaporeans, parents and their daughter, to Kotokuin Temple (Great Buddha) and three temples in the east of Kamakura. They came to Kamakura Station wearing extra clothes because it is the coldest season now in Japan and they are from a hot country. At Kotokuin Temple, they looked at the Great Buddha enthusiastically as there was not such a huge Buddha in Singapore. At Kisenan (Tea Room) in Jomyoji Temple, they had matcha (powdered green tea) enjoying Japanese culture. At Sugimotodera Temple, they gazed at a lot of Buddhist statues in the main hall. In Singapore English is a common language, and so they spoke Singaporean English. As the parents came to Japan once in 2015, this was their second visit to Japan; however, for their daughter it was her first visit even though she had traveled all over the world. We went to a Japanese restaurant for lunch and ordered a set lunch (combo meal?). They ate it all up. They told me that they had a hard time coming to Kamakura by train from Shinjuku where they stayed. Even the Japanese have trouble changing trains to get to Kamakura from Shinjuku.