Year in Japan

Day trip to Nara!

Been meaning to visit Nara for a couple of months now, and I made it with on seemingly the last day of good weather before I leave the Kansai region!

Deer!

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Notice the deer sign in the road…and the deer seemingly contemplating darting out into the road

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So Nara (奈良) is famous for it’s deer, and pretty much as soon as you leave the train station you’ll see them, just milling about waiting for unsuspecting tourists to feed them 鹿せんべい (shika senbei) or ‘deer biscuits’ (note: does not contain deer). So they’ll remain a constant theme throughout these photos.

Also there’s been some news stories in the past few months about them having to put up signs cautioning tourists that the deer may bite if you tease them with food or whatever. Based on what I saw, the deer were super chilled, the problem was (as always I guess) the people.

Anyway, first stop:

Kōfuku-ji (興福寺)

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Awful lighting I know – sorry! Dark colours and early-morning directional lighting make for bad times it seems

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The sign basically reads: “Please do not ring the bell because it’s used in ceremonies and we don’t want you breaking it” Well that last bit was my inference.

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By chance I noticed that the roof had Kanji engraved in it, each ‘circle’ has the kanji for “South” “Round” “Hall” engraved, which is pretty much the name of this building. Neat.

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Can see the re-furbishment to the left. Something I’ve noticed around a lot of temples in Kyoto.

Nara Park (奈良公園)

And now time for a leisurely stroll through Nara Park (奈良公園) which is a pretty big national park, in which there are countless temples, shrines, museums and whatnot.

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I literally took a photo because I was so surprised to see french on a sign – normally it’s Japanese (obvs.) English, Chinese and (sometimes) Korean

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Nara park is absolutely lovely, especially on a scorchingly hot + humid summer’s day, just being able to stroll through a chill wooded area is fantastic.

So like, for the next lot of photos it’s not like I left Nara Park – I think everything from now on is in the park, or at least tangentially attached to it.

Tōdai-ji (東大寺)

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Anyway, that’s already been loads of photos, next time: more photos of deer.

edit: Aaand after like a month(ish) I realised I forgot to update the map, so here we are:

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