Everyone needs a little zen in their lives. It think it may even be mandatory to step away from the sensory overload of your everyday routine, and do like the Buddhist do, reflect.

That being said, my little family of three decided to hop on a local train and venture out of the city in seek of some culture, history and nature. We headed to Kamakura to see Japan’s second largest Buddha, The Great Buddha of Kamakura, aka  Kamakura Daibutsu. The statue is legendary and has been attracting tourists to Kotokuin Temple since 1252! It truly is remarkable and absolutely worthy of the short excursion out of the city when touring Tokyo.

The turning of the leaves is just beginning and it is complete eye candy. I love fall, everything about it. Favorite season. Period. I do enjoy summer, but when it ends I don’t wish for an extension. This is why I was THRILLED to wake up to a bit of gray sky and cooler weather. It reminded me of a crisp day in the Northwest, where I’d pick up a Starbucks latte and throw on a chunky knit sweater. So in spirit of home I rocked my flannel to take the edge off of the brisk coastal wind and laced up the pink Timberland’s to complete my (attempted) rugged ensemble. We were headed to nature after all.

I was channeling my 90’s grunge baby and I did it just for you Daibutsu, just for you.

Meditate, Reflect, Enlighten, Dream, Wish, Repeat
My favorite little Budda

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