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We started off today with breakfast again at the bakery as we wait for Shono. We love the bread here. Shono is a little late meeting us, but we finally meet her. She tells us that her mom wants to meet us so we are going to take a train to her part of town. It is just two stops from Nara station. The town is called Yamakoitsumi, I'm not sure if this is the right spelling. We waited 5 minutes and her mom pulled up in a cute black Nissan. Wow, her mom looked young. She ...
There is a marathon in Kyoto to day which will severely disrupt the busses so we are heading for Nara. As we walked to the subway it started to drizzle but also we passed the half way turn around point for the race and were lucky enough to see the first few runners.It took about 2 hours including the wait at Kyoto station, to get ...
... some eager parents shove their
kids through, and a tiny slip of a Japanese lady squeeze through, Amy decided
to have a go......but couldn’t fit her shoulders through! Shortly after a group of school boys started
attempting to make it through – conclusion was that unless you were a child, a
rail thin woman, or a skinny teenage boy, you weren’t getting though that hole!
After wandering ...
Today I headed out early to spend a day in the even older capital of Nara, just an hours train ride from Kyoto.
On arrival I picked up a 1 day bus pass, which instead of being a paper ticket, was a kind of small wooden tablet which could then be kept as a souvenir.
My first stop of the day was Kofukuji table, which, unfortunately was mostly under renovation so the main hall was closed. I did however, take the opportunity to visit the surrounding buildings ...
... deer. In pre-Buddhist times they were considered messengers of the gods and today roam the park freely. It's star attraction though is the famous Daibutsu (Great Buddha) which is one of the largest bronze figures in the world and was originally cast in 746. It stands just over 16m high and consist of 437 tonnes of bronze and 130kg of gold - we almost felt instantly enlightened at this sight ;-).
We also ...