Tales From A Broad

My year of teaching English in Japan is up. Next mission: backpack Asia before going home to the U.S.A. Currently HOME!





Nara

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As far as Japanese culture is concerned, Nara is a special little place. It’s kind of like bloated Kyoto, brimming with most of Japan’s national treasures, threw up and Nara came about with its own pagodas, temples, the biggest Buddha statue and cute deer prancing around.


I made a day trip out of it, split up from Justin and met up with David, my Irish comrade from our Thailand trip. It was really peaceful walking up the little street where cooks were making omochi (pounded rice filled with sweet red beans).


The most important thing I wanted to see was the big Buddha statue in one of the shrines--the biggest in Japan.


One of the wooden scaffolds holding the shrine up had a little hole and a crowd was hanging around it. There was a good reason for the all the people waiting in line: good luck and blessings to those who can climb through to the other side. Kids were the main ones going through while their parents took pictures of them on the other side.


Being in Nara was perfect--really chill and good to catch up with David (who filled me about serendipity). Plus, the plum blossoms were out, so the park even smelled good. This is a picture of one of the most scenic shrines we’ve seen.

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At 07:47, Blogger Turning Japanese said...

Side fact... Not sure if you already know this but, the hole in the temple for climbing through is said to be the size of buddha's nostral. Yuck!    



At 06:35, Blogger Karen said...

totally off-topic: remember that "follow the rules" poster you talked about? it's EVERYWHERE(picture taken in kyoto). dun dudun dun dunnnnnnnnn.

back on-topic: is the buddha in nara bigger than the sitting buddha in kamakura? i thought that one was the biggest. er. =X    



At 23:18, Blogger J-girl said...

The Nara Buddha is bigger than the one in Kamakura, although it's generally agreed upon that the Kamakura one is more artistically pleasing (according to my college art history professor, at least). I thought it was strange how you could pay 10 yen to go inside the one at Kamakura.

Nice description, CeePee!    



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