Kamakura city is in the southeast of Kanagawa prefecture, on the northwestern side of the Miura peninsula.Surrounded by mountains on three sides and the ocean on the other, this horse-hoof shaped region has served as a natural stronghold since ancient times. It's the ancient capital of the Kamakura shogunate, started by Minamoto no Yorimoto, and was an attraction where people gathered since as early as the Edo period.Today's Kamakura develops as a housing area surrounded by nature and with many ruins and tourist spots.JR Ofuna station, which can also be called the entrance to Kamakura, was completed in 1960 and people can make wishes at the white robed Kannon statue, also called "Ofuna Kannon", which stands about 25 meters tall.By the way, the principal image of Buddha at the Kotoku-in temple, also called the "Kamakura Great Buddha" is a national treasure and the sitting Buddha statue is 13.35 meters high.When speaking of souvenirs of Kamakura, there is none more famous than the Hato Sabure (a shortbread cookie in the shape of a dove) of the Teshimaya confectionery shop. The dove was said to be a messenger of the god Hachiman (a Shinto war god who was the patron of the Minamoto clan) that guided them in the transfer of the god's spirit to the Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu in Kyoto. (Hachiman-gu are temples to this god found throughout Japan). Of great interest as well, pictures of these doves are also found at Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu in Kamakura.