|Lotus and Lily Pad Pond, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura|
First, the awesome lotus pond near the Hachiman shrine above, the home of giant soft-shell turtles. Here's a glimpse of one swimming about.
|Nihonsuppon, Kamakura, Japan|
Kamakura is a city of tsubame (barn swallows--technically the same species that lives in Europe, the U.S., even Africa). They can be seen flying overhead, perching on wires
We might say "ganbare" to the tsubame as well. According to literature distributed by the Wild Bird Society of Japan the barn swallow population in Japan has steadily decreased in the last few years. Many areas that used to see flocks of swallows returning every spring, hardly see any anymore.