Yesterday, Teddy and I headed to Nara. Nara is about 40 minutes from Kyoto by limited express train. Nara is an old capital of Japan, like Kyoto. We saw Nara Koen, Todaiji, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.
Nara’s manhole covers feature a deer. There are tons of deer in Nara. You can feed them, but they can be a bit scary once you have their food.
This man was buying the deer some food. So, the deer decided to impatiently eat his shirt.
More deer. These deer are not big like Pennsylvania deer. They are a little bigger than goats.
Me feeding the deer. At this point, they are still being gentle and kind.
They are getting a little bit frisky now. They kept pulling on my shirt whenever I broke the pieces off too slowly.
Teddy feeding the deer carefully.
The deer attack! They also tried to pull on Teddy’s shirt, but ended up biting him instead since his shirt was tighter than mine. They left red bite marks (but they didn’t bruise, luckily!)
Teddy bravely fed them until he was out of food.
It was super hot, so many of the deer were sleepy.
Petting a sleepy deer.
The deer looked up cutely at Teddy when he pet her.
This is the Daibutsuden at Todaiji. It houses a large bronze Buddha statue. It was built in the 8th century.
Here is the Daibutsu, or Big Buddha.
The Daibutsu is flanked by two Bodhisattvas.
There are also really cool, gigantic wooden statues, too.
And we’re back to deer. Here is a buck attacking a box.
We stopped in and got ice cream after Todaiji because it was seriously hot. Teddy got white peach, and I got tofu. It really tasted like a block of tofu – which was weird for about the first 4-5 bites, but then it was delicious. Teddy only had one bite, but disagrees. He thought that it was a case of two great tastes that don’t taste great together.
After ice cream, we went to Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Kasuga Shrine was built in 768. The buildings are rebuilt every 20 years, according to traditional Shinto tradition.
After the shrine, we went to a nearby lake, and saw this couple dressed in traditional kimono.
This deer disapproves of the temperature.
We had lunch at a vegetarian Indian place in Nara-machi. I got the M-size special set. It had salad, a papadum, vegetable curry, soup, 3 flavors of samosa, a chapati, licoricy-tasting carrots, rice, and yogurt with semolina and raisins. It was delicious and super filling.
Well, that is all for our Nara adventure! The next post will be about Kyoto!