The majority is pretty recognizable (rice, beef, shrimp), but sometimes, I just don’t have a clue. If there is no English speaking waiter, someone will step outside so you can point to your choice. We were lucky in Kamakura, lunch was very good. We are loving the food in Japan.
After our shopping and eating time, we met a group for a tour to the local Shinto Shrine. To visit a shrine, you pass through three gates, (To-ree-ee) one to purify the mind, one the body and one the soul. Here's Allan headed for body purification. As you approach the shrine, you wash your hands (and we rinsed our mouths). Now you are worthy to step inside and pray.
Don't the girls in the orange skirts look very traditional?
Back in the station for our return to Yokosuka, we were suddenly surrounded by little girls, probably 1st graders, dressed in school uniforms. They waited with us and, carrying their bookbags, boarded and rode the train without pomp or commotion.
QUICK LESSON - The two major religions of Japan are Shinto and Buddhism. A shrine is a Shinto structure, while a temple is Buddhist. Don't say Buddhist Shrine to an oriental.
Followers of the two religions co-exist very well and our guide tells us that Buddhist monks will visit a Shinto shrine to pray. Aims of both religions are tranquility and peace with nature. It works well. The people here are happy and easy going.