Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ofuna Kannon and Pappa Pasta

So, this is the first real photo-daily personal adventure post I have made in awhile. I figured I was long overdue. Also, my blog hit 20,000 views today! Thank you so much to everyone who reads ^_^ I really, really appreciate knowing that people are reading what I write.

(Ofuna Kannon)

Moving on, on Saturday Aki and I went to check out the Ofuna Kannon. Some background as to what prompted this little adventure. I go to Fujisawa every Monday evening for a bit of side work. On my way there, my train of course stops at Ofuna Station. One day on such a trip, I saw this GIANT white statue, you can see it all the way from the train. Every Monday I kept thinking, "What the heck is that thing??" I knew it was a temple since it was obviously a Buddhist statue. Finally, I mentioned it to Aki one day that I wanted to check it out. It is only a few stations down from me so we decided to make a weekend treck out of it.

So what is the Ofuna Kannon? It is basically a temple dedicated to peace. The huge statue actually uses stones from the atomic bombings (I hate to link to Wikipedia, but here is more information on the temple). There are various votives and praying spots around the site. Most of the signs have an English translation so you can truly understand what it represents. I was pretty amazed by the entire place.

The temple is located in Ofuna as I mentioned. You can get to Ofuna Station by JR (Keihin-Tohoku line, Yokosuka line, Tokaido line, or Shonan-Shinjuku line). After inspecting a map at the station, we learned it was only five minutes away. That day it felt like the middle of summer. The humidity was practically unbearable (a typhoon was heading our way, I blamed that).

 This here is the entrance to the grounds. A simple enough little gateway. Just walk on up the hill.

 At the second gate, you pay a small fee of ¥300. They give you your pamphlets. They even handed me an English translation without asking.

Excuse the Photoshop. I wanted to try to bring out the flame a bit. This is actually fire that was burning after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They somehow transported this flame to the temple, and it has not gone out once since then. So basically, they have kept it burning since 1945.

You can see this fun little tower on your way up to the big statue pictured at the beginning of this post. Once you get to the top, you can see the Kannon and actually go inside from the back. My pictures were horrendous, so I chose not to post them. But there is another shrine, and hand carved little wooden statues inside.  You can actually carve your own statue for ¥1200 but they only do it once a month or something.

After our little adventure to the temple, we decided to go to a favorite restaurant of ours: Pappa Pasta. This restaurant is located in Konandai, where I used to live. It's been almost a year since I lived there, so we were super excited. Although, it was kind of a round-about way for us to get back home, we could luckily take a bus back to the general area of my apartment. We used to go here about once a month. If you take the Keihin-Tohoku line to Konandai Station, you go out the only exit and turn right. You walk about ten minutes down the main road. You will see a gym (CoCoKara), a Lawson, a 7-11, and a Picasso (small version of Don Quixote). It is on a corner on the right side of the road and looks like a regular old restaurant. But anyway, it is an AWESOME Italian place. 

This here is their Margarita pizza. It is sooo good! They have an open fire oven built into a brick wall. Only about ¥1100 for this. They also have a special menu that constantly changes. Aki chose some pasta from that, and we also got a gratin appetizer.

This here is from the Dessert Cary. For ¥100, you get a slice of anything from the cart. I got a strawberry mousse, and Aki got a regular cheesecake. All the dessert plates have these super cute drawings on them. It isn't too expensive either. For the appetizer, a pizza, a pasta (large sized), and two desserts, we spent ¥3700. Unfortunately, it was dark so I couldn't get a good picture of the outside. My good camera had died and all I had was an iPhone 4 to take pictures with >.<.

Well, that's all I have for today. Thanks for reading!! Until next time.



  1. Congrats on all the views :D I enjoy reading your blog ^^
    That temple seems so interesting, I would definitely want to go.
    The whole think with the flame being lit since 1945 is so crazy, I wonder how they did that :o
    Also, the pizza and dessert looks amazing! I miss pizza </3

    1. Thank you so much!!

      It was pretty cool Just too hot that day >.<

      It's hard to find American-style pizza here, but the thinner Italian-style has started to grow on me.