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|Yasujiro Ozu's gravesite in Kita-Kamakura (北鎌倉):
How to get there (Part One)
|From Tokyo, you need to catch the JR Yokosuka Line (横須賀線), which you can get from Tokyo (東京), Shimbashi (新橋), or Shinagawa (品川) stations. From Tokyo Station, the one-way fare is 780 yen. The trip will take 51 minutes. Make sure you catch a train that is going far enough. If the train is only going to Yokohama (横浜) or Ofuna (大船), that's not far enough. Look for trains with a destination of Kamakura (鎌倉), Zushi (逗子), Yokosuka (横須賀), or Kurihama (久里浜).|
Platform sign at JR Shinagawa station, Tokyo
|Get off the train at Kita-Kamakura station (北鎌倉駅), the sign of which looks like this:|
Sign on platform of Kita-Kamakura station
|When exiting, stay on the same side of the tracks as the train you just got off of. After you leave the station, you should see the following sign:|
|Walk straight in the direction the train was headed. We are going to Engaku Temple (円覚寺), which is the first on the above-pictured sign, and only 50 meters from the station. It will be the first temple you come to on your left.|
Entrance to Engakuji Temple
|Enter the temple at left. Admission is 200
yen for adults, and 100 yen for children. They have a leaflet in English
about the temple.
|When I first went to Engaku-ji to look for
Ozu's grave, the only information I had was that the grave was somewhere
on the grounds of Engaku-ji, an email from my wife with Ozu's name in
kanji (Chinese characters), and the knowledge that Ozu's gravestone was
inscribed with the Chinese character 無 (mu).
And yet I was able to find it, after about an hour of searching.
I'm a little worried that by publishing detailed instructions I could be taking the mystery and fun (not to mention eventual satisfaction) out of the challenge of finding Ozu's gravesite, and so therefore I've stopped here and am presenting you with a choice:
Stop here, and you know enough to find your way down to Kita Kamakura and to Engaku-ji, and you can take up at about the point I did, and continue the search on your own. Or, you can proceed to Part Two and receive fairly detailed instructions which should lead you to the gravesite. The choice is up to you.
If you do stop here, it would probably be helpful for you to copy down or print out from here Ozu's name in Chinese characters:
|Continue to Part
Two (if you so choose)
|Indebted: I never would have been able to find Ozu's grave were it not for the clues, and more importantly, the inspiration, I found in the article "Visiting Ozu's grave" by Jonathon Delacour.|
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