Archives of Japan – I ♥ Enoshima

I do love Enoshima. This small island was nearly home for me for about a decade. I fished here, I walked with my young children here, and I loved to take in the sites here.

If you’ve ever seen any of the amazing work by the Ukiyo-e master, Hokusai you may be familiar with Enoshima. The island was the subject of the 25th print in the artist’s 36 Views of Mt. Fuji series.

The island is almost completely in the domain of a temple and shrine to the buddhist goddess Benzaiten, goddess of music and entertainment, and one of the Seven Gods of Fortune (shichi-fuku-jin) in Japanese lore.

In modern times, the island played host to the sailing events of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, is a popular tourist destination.

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