Kamakura, where it all started
A fascinating city that was once the ancient capital for samurai

With mountains surrounding the East, North, and West,
and Sagami Bay to the South, the area forms a natural fortress.
In 1192, the first ever military government led by samurai
was established here, using this geographical advantage.


Kamakura became the political and cultural center of Japan.
These samurai followed the path of “Zenshu”, making Kamakura the birthplace of Zen philosophy.
In modern times, a host of writers and luminaries fell in love with the city to call it their home.
Many unique trends emerged out of their presence there


The city of Kamakura attracts tourists from all over Japan and beyond.
Not only can it boast the proud heritage of the ancient samurai,
it also has the natural beauty of the ocean and mountains to offer
– while remaining easily accessible from Tokyo.
Kamakura has been twinned with Nice in France since 1966.
The beautiful blue sea is one of many things that the two cities have in common.


“50 years ago, the Zushi Marina area was just a rocky shore.
We used to find shellfish there, between the rocks among the rough waves; we would steam these and snack on them.
Nowadays, it’s a place where “Shonan Boys” moor their yachts.” - Tamiko Sadasue

今では湘南ボーイがヨットをここに停泊させています。 – 貞末タミ子

Kamakura, where it all began,
was also where President Tamiko Sadasue was born and raised.
It is an honor for Kamakura Shirts to use the name of such an attractive city,
and we will continue to nurture our brand
to stay true to the prestigious image of “Kamakura.”


Photographs by Raymond Patrick
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