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Keeping with the trend I'm in Nara to see guess what? That's right more temples but these ones are even more note worthy. Not only does Nara boast the world's oldest wooden structure it also has the world's largest wooden structure. Plus it's the first permanent capital of Japan although it only lasted for 75 years as the capital until the new capital was reestablished in Kyoto.
As I get off the train I am greeted by ...
... food. It was rice boiled in a small metal pot with fish and vegetables. It was called Kamameshi and the best part of this dish was according to the English description we got with it, the Okoge (the slightly burnt rice at the bottom of the pot.). In the end the time spent waiting worth worth it.
We then walked up to the park and visited a shrine and some really impressive buildings. One of them houses an extremely ...
... way and took in the beauty of the Temple and the large statues inside.
I continued to find further beauty at the Isuien Garden, where I had the gardens largely to myself and could slowly observe the tranquil surroundings. They would be positively magically in the spring. I reluctantly left the gardens to find a late lunch and return to Caitlin's for our last night together :(
Goal: Explore Nara
Status: Gained a confidence to go off exploring on my ...
... came and they brought animals to the island. Two hundred years later Whalers and Europeans and they brought mosquitos and rats.
The animals were eating bird’s eggs and trees and took over the habitat. This process is what happens when invasive species (plants and animals) are let go in new places. I also learned about Hawaiian gods like Pele, goddess of the volcano.
We were standing about one ...
... to reach the temple, spotted some deers roaming along the foot path and nearby park. There were many tourists, locals and students at this time, not sure if there would be less people in the morning though. I'm not sure if the entrance fee was Y500 or Y800 but it's worth it to observe this magnificent structure. The big wooden hall of Daibutsu (the big Buddha) is set peacefully since ancient time (I lost count which period exactly for which ...