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Nara is quite small and we probably could have came on a day trip from Kyoto but the quiet was nice. We sat in the hotel, Jill doing her assignment and me chuckling away to myself listening to Talk Sport and looking at offroad bike videos on the web.
After a quick change we head out to a yakitori restaurant, there are two to pick from both
opposite each other so we'll decide which one we like the ...
... the freebies, we headed out to explore the Nara town area.
We popped in a gift shop to see what trinkets they had on sale and had a conversation with a lovely (and slightly scary) old lady which really tested our Japanese language skills.
Next, we visited Naramacchi Koshi-no-ie, a traditional Japanese house opened up to the public for free.
... humongous statue, and a photogenic one. A recasting of the original, which was damaged in an earthquake, it is technically called the Vairocana. But the magnificent wooden structure that holds it, until the 1990’s the single largest building made of wood in the entire world, is really lovely and really, really impressive. There are a series of buildings, gardens, and other shrines, including Shinto shrines, in this once Imperial Temple complex, and ...
... the visit I had. Believe it or not, I've already been here over two months, working on my third. High on my bucket list is Sumo wrestling. I hope to bring you my take on this highly sophisticated cultural activity in the near future. In any case, I hope your spring, summer and fall blossom into a fruitful year. Until next time,
... again for the last leg of the journey to our new base in Nara.
Soren's Mum was waiting for us in our accomodation, Rune was very excited to have Nanna in Japan. We went out and explored the nearby streets in search of a feed. The area where we are staying is delightful. There are temples, shrines, many small busy streets full of places to eat, with quaint walkways going off to the side with more places to eat. Its a pretty part of town where we are staying.