Lovers in Enoshima

Enoshima is a small island that sits at the mouth of the Katase River, and is just south of Fujisawa City. This island is the center of Shonan, a resort area along the coast of Sagami Bay known for its scenic beauty. From the island, you can see a very nice view of Mt. Fuji.

Enoshima is also the favorite place for lovers. There is an interesting story behind this.

Photo by: Jesslee Cuizon

Once upon a time, a bad dragon with five heads settled in the bottomless swamp among the mountains of Fukasawa, Kamakura and tormented the people. They called the place “Koshigoe”, and feared the dragon, because he would steal their children.

Photo by: Jesslee Cuizon

For many days, dense clouds enveloped on the sea in front of “Koshigoe”. For a short time, heaven and earth quaked violently. After that, a heavenly maiden appeared sudenly, the clouds cleared and an island appeared. This island is known today as Enoshima.

The dragon fell in love with her, and he proposed to her. But she refused him because of the bad things he did. Afterwards, he mended his ways and then was able to get married to her.

Today, the heavenly maiden is worshiped as Benzaiten in Enoshima. The dragon with five heads is worshiped as Ryukomyojin in Koshigoe Kamakura City.

Photo by: Jesslee Cuizon

A bell has been placed here in memory of this legend by Fujisawa Tourist Association. To keep the legend alive, couples who wish to express their undying love for each other can have their names printed onto a plate which will be permanently attached to the bell’s structure.

Photo by: Jesslee Cuizon

(Story from the Fujisawa Tourist Association)

You can visit Enoshima – Wikitravel to know how to get there.

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  1. Love is in the air and it’s not even Valentines Day yet. :D

    Once again and again and again, lovely photos!

    Posted June 2, 2009 at 2:18 am | Permalink
  2. i love the last photo. i want to go back there in enoshima this summer, some of my top fave pics, i took there.

    Posted June 2, 2009 at 2:25 am | Permalink
  3. Paul Singleton

    Nice shots Jet!
    You are lucky to live in Enoshima. Even though it is a little far from Tokyo, it is a fantastic middle ground to live on.
    I’m not so far away and would love to join you for a walk around Enoshima sometime this summer.

    Posted June 2, 2009 at 2:44 am | Permalink
  4. Charles

    All the names on the bell have dates, but I noticed some of them are in the future. Do you know why that is? I have some pictures somewhere.

    Posted June 2, 2009 at 9:59 am | Permalink