|On Sunday, April 30, 2000, Genbukan Tokyo Shibucho and some of his deshi went on a day trip to the medieval city of Kamakura. The city became the center of the political and social life of the Kamakura bushi in the twelve century. There are many temples and shrines dating back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333) spread throughout the city.|
|The day trip began at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the official shrine-temple complex of the warrior government (bakufu). Before climbing up the stone steps to the main hall of the shrine, shibucho Roy Ron explained that the layout of Tsurugaoka today is very similar to the way it was some seven hundred years ago. (see pic on right).||
|Shibucho and female members of the Tokyo Shibu pose for a picture (on left) at the site of the assassination of the third Kamakura shogun, Minamoto no Sanetomo. Sanetomo was assassinated by his nephew who was convinced that Sanetomo murdered his father the second Kamakura shogun. The perpetrator and his two accomplices were caught and executed. Sanetomo and his mother, Hojo Masako (Minamoto no Yoritomo's wife) are buried in the cemetery of Jufukuji temple. (see pic on right).|
|The road to Jufukuji passes in a residential area where Kamakura bushi used to live. Here, the group posed for a picture next to a wall surrounding the estate of a Kamakura bushi residence.||
In front of the main hall of Jufukuji (pic bellow). The temple was constructed by Hojo Masako for the purpose of conducting memorial services for her late husband, Minamoto no Yoritomo. Masako and her second son Sanetomo are buried in the cemetery behind the temple.