Kamakura's famous Shinto shrine on Friday, May 11, is swarming with young school children and adults. The nearby Zen temples, in contrast, seem to attract mainly a scattering of older people. As a matter of fact, except for the Hachimangu and the Daibutsu, Kamakura seems lika an old prople's rest home. Japan's aging population...|
Surely the school children are led here to instill in them Patriotism. Education in Japan, like in China, is govenment controlled.
The Hachimangu was constructed by Minamoto Yoriyoshi 995-1082, of the same clan as Minamoto Yoritomo the Shogun of Kamakura. Like all Shinto shrines it keeps non Yamato people at arm's length.