Hotel Fujita Nara
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It is Sunday afternoon and Nara Park, where our ryokan is located is overrun with deer and tourists! Nara park is famous for the deer.
Nara looks like a nice city, wide roads, lots of parks, traditional buildings mixed in with the new. The population is similar to Canberra. The National Museum is across the road and the main temple is ...
... rife among them. Not as pleasant and peaceful as seeing wild Nara deer initially sounded. Todaiji temple certainly didn't disappoint. The roughly 50 metre cubic wooden structure is magnificently detailed. It houses a giant bronze Buddha statue - the largest we've seen. We lit incense at the temple and explored around a bit before walking back to town for a sushi lunch. Our first real sushi since getting to Japan. It was really good to be able to get amazing sushi ...
... seat and we cram ourselves in the space he so generously left.
A guy who I will describe as flamboyant come over and says hello then starts talking
into his mobile before showing us the screen. Amazed we read the greeting, his name and he owns a business that makes aquariums. What is this witchcraft? We have a ten minute conversation via the phone, both in our language.
Jill tries to ask what the app is with the predictable ...
... after a Japanese cross between pinball and a slot machine – which was essentially a 5 storey games arcade full of the latest arcade machines.
Unlike British arcades, however, the Japanese still produce actual arcade machines so these were all brand new with the most recent titles – such as Mario Kart, shooters and beat-em ups.
The place was clearly very popular with the ...
... because deer are everywhere. They are cute, of course, but also a bit aggressive, and they beg everyone for food, and they are not actually small animals. These deer also make a really weird noise, kind of a cross between a baby crying and a parrot. I have never before heard deer make any sounds, so this was a novelty.
I really enjoyed a shtick associated with the Great Nara Buddha. There is a wooden column with a hole in it that stands near ...