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No.2: Local's Pick by Keiko(日本語あり)

Updated: Nov 4, 2018

Our second local interview is with Keiko-san.


We met Keiko-san and her two labrador retrievers at the rocky beach between Zaimokuza and Zushi Marina while walking our dogs (the same spot Kuni-san recommended in the last blog). She and a group of doggy friends are regulars at Zaimokuza beach, so we see them often.


Keiko-san was born and raised here in Kamakura. She went to Zaimokuza kindergarten and graduated from the Kamakura Girls’ School. She started working at her parents’ restaurant, Miraku (started by her father in 1959), and eventually took over the restaurant. Her life has always been in Kamakura.


She is probably the most active 50 year old we’ve met so far. She runs her restaurant 6 days a week. Between shifts and on her days off, you will see her with her dogs at the beach walking for hours or on her paddle board in the ocean. If we don’t see her at the beach, we see her posting Instagram photos of her playing softball or taking her motorcycle to Hakone.

50歳には見えないとってもアクティブな恵子さんは、週六日は味楽のキッチンで忙しく、お料理してない時はビーチで犬と散歩を何時間もしてたりSUP(Stand Up Paddleboarding)に乗っています。海にいない時はインスタみればソフトボールやってる様子や、バイク飛ばして箱根まで行った写真が見れたりします。

Photo provided by Keiko

What do you like about Kamakura?

I have never lived outside of Kamakura, so cannot compare with other places, but I guess it’s the ocean. I walk my dogs every day and started SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) last year.




Photo provided by Keiko

Where is your favorite place to go in Kamakura?

There is a good SUP route from Zaimokuza. Start from the beach and paddle toward Zushi Marina, then go around Kotsubo and Osaki park. You can take a break at restaurant called Surfers and paddle back. If you don’t own a SUP board, you can rent boards from shops in Zaimokuza. If you’ve never done SUP, then take a class at one of the shops. I don’t recommend going out on your own initially, as people do get carried away by the wind.



Photo provided by Keiko

What is your favorite thing to do in Kamakura?

I am a member of a local softball league. I also do yoga and regularly take classes at Gypsea Yoga at the Zaimokuza Terrace studio with an ocean view or I do yoga on the beach. You can sign up for their classes as a drop-in. (Miho agrees. She also goes to Gypsea and really enjoys the view from their studio. They have great instructors and a variety of classes.)



Where is your favorite place to eat and drink in Kamakura?

I like a restaurant called Caro in Hase. They have good tacos. Lately I go to Kikori Shokudo near Zaimokuza beach, as it is dog friendly and we can enjoy the nice view of the ocean from their terrace.


長谷にある洋食屋「Caro」さんのタコスが好きで昔良く行ってました。 最近行くのは、材木座海岸沿いにある「キコリ食堂」です。 犬がOKなのでテラス席でワンコ達とのんびり海を見ながら食べるのが好きです。

What is your favorite shop in Kamakura?

I like to go to a surf shop called Wetland in Hase. I go there for clothes shopping, but also bought a SUP board big enough to take my two dogs. (Wetland also offers surfing lessons!)



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