Nara, like many places in Japan, is very magical. As we walked around, I can't help but feel like we were in a mythical place. Walkways are lined with hundreds of moss-covered lantern structures. The temple and shrines are grand yet understated. Friendly deers roam freely around the city. They are loved by the locals because they are believed to be messengers to the gods. It is definitely one of my favorite places in Japan.
|I was in awe as we approached Todaiji. It is beautiful and serene. I especially love the golden horns on the rooftop.|
|The deers are used to people petting and feeding them. This one followed me for a while :)|
|Large ornaments on the temple's door.|
|Todaiji's main hall is the largest wooden building in the world. (This picture is the view of the ceiling.)|
(left) One of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu) sits in Todaiji's main hall;
(right) Lantern structures outside of Kasuga Taisha.
|I felt like I was transported to a different time...so magical.|
|Hanging lanterns' silhouettes|
(left) Taking a small break from all the walking; (right) Deers going shopping ;)
|It's customary to wash your hands before entering temples in Japan. It symbolizes purification.|
(left) Hanging lanterns at Kasuga Taisha;
(right) James taking a small break. Btw, can you see the bamboos growing out of this tree? Cool, huh?
|More cute signs :)|