Comfort Hotel NARA
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... of bronze lanterns, also waiting to be lit on lantern festival. Behind the main shrine, there are several smaller auxiliary shrines for twelve lucky gods.
When we walked through the forest and emerged into the city again, it looked extremely rural, there was even a small rice field. We took a peek at Shin-Yakushi-ji temple, which was already closing and also ...
... was established in Kyoto (and obviuosly now Tokyo)
Despite its brief period as capital, Nara was greatly influenced by China, a process that laid the foundations of Japanese culture and civilisation. Many fine buildings have survived in Nara, due to it being spared bouts of destruction that was wreaked upon Kyoto.
Many of the important sights are located in Nara-Koen Park. A half hour walk from our accomodation, despite being full of tourists, this was a different ...
... we had reached the top of the hill and found ourselves in front of two huge temples which looked out over Nara. As people were coming up towards the altars they would throw (literally!) a penny into the collection box, clap their hands, ring the copper bell which hangs down in front of the altar and then begin to say their prayers. This is a totally new experience for us; being in Japanese temples is turning out to be so different to being in a S.E Asian or Chinese temple. ...
... and having them nuzzle out of one's hand is elating and a very fun diversion.
The pack of deer continues all the way up to the gate of the temple and even in its main enclosed yard, however, they wisely did not go inside the shrine designed for human worship.
It is this shrine where the largest Buddha in Japan lives. Towering from above, with ceiling windows casting only enough daylight ...
... the first time in weeks I eat with proper delight. Going to bed I finally feel my stress relieving, so I get up at 2 a.m. and stretch and yoga all bad spirits away in one 1 hour session. During that moment I also organize our apartment to detail. Stress reduction means eliminating stress factors including disarray. I sleep comfortably and like a baby until morning, and overcome jet lag in a single night (on my last trip I took 1 week for this).