Super Hotel Lohas Jr Nara-Eki
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5 April 2015
Today was spent walking around the Nara Koen (Park) area doing some of the more basic touristy things that people come to see.
Most obviously, the park is full of wandering, tame deer that you can buy biscuits for to tempt them closer for photos.
The deer are so famous that …
Heading to Nara
Being the mature adults we are (running out of options), we had jellies for breakfast before hoping on the train to Nara via Kyoto.
We noticed that even though we were technically going through the 'countryside', there was no break in the houses along the route.
Due to the lack of last minute …
... Priest of the country. He retains that functionality and calling today. Up until Hirohito every emperor was enthroned in Kyoto; for the present Emperor, Akihito, the throne was shipped up to Tokyo for his enthronement. He is now 81 years old, but still going strong and well loved in Japan for his personal modesty and humility. Takeo told me that he himself was born two days after the Crown Prince, so he is nearly his twin in age.
In any case, ...
... here. I encounter mounds covered in illuminated balloons which people will float away their worries with. Then the real reason I have come. The lanterns. Set out in front of the audience hall hundreds and hundreds of lanterns with peoples wishes and dreams. Endless rows of hopes.
After a rather late night I drag myself from bed to get to Horyuji. This is the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan and no trip to Nara would ...
... the beautiful temple which was very atmospheric at night and watched other people on the boat while we enjoyed (?) a tea ceremony on the shore. The green tea used in the tea ceremony is, shall we say, not the nicest. But we all drank it up dutifully. By the time we left we were all so exhausted we sprang for a cab back to our home, which cost 2700 yen. All up the failed evening jaunt had cost us 86000 yen (just under $100). Some days are like that I ...