Nara Koen and Todaiji

Today, we took my mom and Brittany to Nara.

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This is the manhole cover of Nara.

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This is a Jizo statue. Jizo is the guardian of deceased unborn and small children.

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One of the buildings at Koufukuji in Nara.

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The pagoda at Koufukuji.

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One of the deer in Nara.

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Me and my mom with one of the deer.

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Teddy refrained from feeding the deer, but the rest of us bought deer senbei and fed them.

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Feeding the deer!

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My mom feeding a deer.

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This deer’s facial expression looks like my sister’s dog to me. 😀

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A deer drinking from a river.

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These deer really liked to be petted. Here is Brittany petting one.

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We all thought that this baby deer was brand new. Its fur was even damp in places.

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This is the Daibutsuden at Todaiji.


If you have a part of your body that hurts, or has some ailment, you are supposed to rub that body part on the statue and then on yourself to get healed.

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This is the Daibutsu, the biggest Buddha in Japan.

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One of the guardians in the Daibutsuden.

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The mommy deer licking her baby.

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My mom shakes hands with Sento-kun, the mascot of Nara.

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We had planned on eating at an Indian restaurant, but it was closed. Instead, we ate at a vegan, macrobiotic Chinese restaurant called Kinatei. You can find it on Happy Cow. I highly recommend it. The food is amazing, and the lady that works there is super nice.

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Not only could you get seconds of miso soup and rice, but you also got a dessert. All for 1500 yen!!


My mom mentioned that it was her birthday tomorrow, and the lady gave her a present! It was a charm that bound my mom’s soul with mine, so even if we were far apart, we would be together. Not only that, but she asked where we were going next, and when she realized we were going to miss our train, she DROVE US TO THE STATION!!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Marie Elder
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 23:38:54

    Sounds like you had a nice time…..I’m so glad!


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