Local Focus is a series of guidebooks featuring the charming towns of Japan and highlights their unique natural environments and one-of-a-kind cultures and communities. It is a convenient and handy all-in-one English guidebook to make non-Japanese possible to explore Japan more efficiently and meaningfully as if they had a local guide with them.
Vol.1 features the historic town "Kamakura" and "Enoshima Island" which is connected to Kamakura by a bridge.
・are located only an hour train-ride from Tokyo
・are the venues for the sailing competitions at Tokyo 2020 Olympics
・have beaches and hike trails.
・have history rich with Samurai and Zen
・have a unique culture of old and new
Local Focus is for those who
•enjoy exploring small towns
•avoid crowded, touristy spots
• step off the beaten path
•value well-crafted arts and time-tested traditions
•prefer smoke-free dining
•prefer organic, all natural food
•prefer vegetarian or vegan food
Local Focus features;
•205 pages in full color
•over 100 places to visit selected by the production team
•easy to read maps
•at a glance icons for "English menu available" "Vegetarian or vegan menu available" "Take credit cards" "Barrier free" etc.
•history, culture, food, local communities and more
How did the production team select the places?
Our production team strongly places value on the nature, culture, and community of the area, and Local Focus is a careful compilation that presents Kamakura and Enoshima as the backdrop for daily living, featuring shops that are part of the everyday life of the production team, or introducing the must-sees, -dos, and –eats, where they take their guests from overseas, or recommend to traveling friends.
Production Team (arigatoubooks)
Local Focus is created by a team of local freelance editors, writers, photographers and designers who love nature, culture, and community of the area we live, and made up of both local Japanese and non-Japanese members; to create this guidebook, our non-Japanese speaking members identified what was necessary to assist foreign travelers who can’t speak the language, while our Japanese members compiled their insider information. This was then compiled into a graphically pleasing and user-friendly practical guidebook that will enable any visitor to have an authentically rich travel experience without the need to learn Japanese or have any local contacts.
We avoided any kind of sponsorship from the featured sites so that we could introduce them with a fully unbiased approach and perspective.
About the Author
She established The Blue Co., Ltd. to help spread awareness of lifestyles that are harmonic with nature, and is organizing cultural events and workshops, producing environmentally-friendly products, publishing books.
Brought up in Tokyo, Sae is an editor and writer on the topics of travel, food, and personalities, and is also a Bach Flower Essence practitioner. She runs a small cafe located close to a beautiful beach in Hayama.
Norie Fukuda holds a Master's degree in architecture and is also a writer and translator who works on a wide range of publications including such diverse topics as Japanese cuisine, art, design, and health. For this guidebook, LOCAL FOCUS, Norie both translated and copy edited all of the material from Japanese text. She is also the translator of a book on Eastern medicine by Dr. Katsumi Ishihara called The Mechanism of Life-Illness as a Part of Life's Journey (2019), Honeycomb Tube Architecture Technology, Shinkenchiku (2009), Honeycomb Dynamics Architecture - Steel Honeycomb Tube Architecture Designs Inspired by Fractal Geometry (2008), and a 2-part series bilingual guidebook on architecture in America authored by Masayuki Fuchigami, A Guide to Contemporary Architecture in America, Vol. 1 Western U.S.A. (2005) and A Guide to Contemporary Architecture in America, Vol. 2 Eastern U.S.A. (2006) and is also the translator of subtitles for NHK on-demand programs and several independent documentary film artists.
Table of Contents
Standards for Our Selections
PLANNING A TRIP
Getting to Kamakura, Getiing to Enoshima, Getting Around Kamakura, Weather & When to Go
Introduction, Launcher of a New Regme, Building the City, The Dawning of a Modern Era
CULTURE - Deepening the Experience
Manners & Customs, Food, Cha-no-Yu (Japanese Tea Ceremony), Shrines, Temples, Zen, D. T. Suzuki
Fresh Products & Sweets
THE HAPPY VISITOR - Recommended Routes
First-time visitors, History lovers, Zen seekers, Overnight stayers
WHERE TO GO?
Map of Kamakura and Enoshima
Icons & Symbols
Kamakura Station East Exit Area
Kamakura Station West Exit Area
Hase & Yuigahama Area
Inamuragasaki & Shichirigahama Area
ANTIQUE FAIRS & FLEA MARKETS
NATURE - Trails & Beaches
MIURA PENINSULA - Brief Guide
EXTRA INFO - Helpful Tidbits
Restaurants, Cafes, Take-outs & Groceries, Shopping, Museums & Other Cultural Facilities, Places to Stay, Shrines & Temples, Information on "Sha-kyo" (Sutra copying) & Zazen