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... burning buildings.
Inside the temple is a very impressive Buddhist statue and some equally impressive and
scary looking Japanese gods. Right at the end there is a hole about a foot square in one of the columns. Apparently is brings good luck if you can squeeze through it, I was tempted but common sense prevailed as I would definitely have got stuck. A few small kids managed to wriggle of get dragged through, most of them voluntarily.
... were cats. Lots of cats, everywhere.
The weather report suggested that it would be wall-to-wall rain and so we had prepared for the worst, but (of course) it was glorious sunshine and baking hot all day so we grabbed an ice cream along the way and sat under some 'snowing' cherry blossoms.
After finishing the fantastic, but tiring walk, we ate some Donburi from a shop on ...
... with regard to its religious experience that might be truly unique. Religious wars have not been the issue for Japan. And having the most prestigious individual in the country, the Emperor, as the paramount Shinto priest, while often being an active Buddhist
I asked Takeo a question that has been bothering me about Buddhism. The Middle Path seemed to me to be focused on personal awareness and enlightenment, on the discipline of meditation and ...
... shrills of young petrified children who have been given deer crackers and are now surrounded and not sure what to do. It is rather funny though when the adults buy the crackers and then freak out when the deer start to chase them or eat their clothes/bags. What'd you think, they'd all line up in an orderly fashion!!
Once amusement turned to annoyance I made my way to Kofuku ji Temple which contains the second highest pagoda ...
... which had a really good view of the whole town.
Heading onwards we went through more of the park, passing a pavilion over a lovely lake and then eventually made it to a sake museum. Obviously we had to join in with a spot of sake tasting which was particularly delicious before heading home for dinner via a tasty tempura restaurant.
Even though our visit was relatively brief, Nara gets a thumbs ...