A lost Scotsman and one last temple
Nara Travel Blog› entry 14 of 14 › view all entries
December 28th, 2004 – by: bcbusdriver
I went into Osaka hours early so I could just wander around on my own and and that was what I was doing when I heard a thickly accented male voice say "I hope you speak English.". I found, or more truthfully I was found by, a young Scot guy that looked desperate and lost. Her had tried to get a cheap hotel but either they were full or would could not communicate with him.
Not only was Daisuke willing to help he was excited to have the Scot stay at his place. So after a quick coffee at a Starbucks we headed off to meet Daisuke's wife and then off to a noodle cafe for dinner. I am not so sure Kimiko was as happy to have the extra body in her house as I was already going to stay over and we all know how small Japanese homes are.
Another funny thing happened in the cafe.
The next day we all left for Nara to see one more temple. The temple in Nara has one of the largest Buddhas in the world. It really really is huge. Each ringlet of hair on the Buddha's head is the size of a man. In fact you could somewhat easily crawl through the ringlet if it was not so high up and the fact you would quickly get arrested by the local police. The visit to the temple was helped by the fact that Daisuke new a fair amount about it and he could tell us a few things to make what we were seeing make more sense. It was slightly ruined by the fact the temple had several gift shops selling of all things Hello Kitty dolls.
After lunch Daisuke found a hotel for our Scottish friend for the next few days. We took him to the local JR station and gave him clear directions on what trains to take and where to get off. After we said good bye and started to drive away we suddenly realized we still had his backpack in the trunk of the car. I quickly ran back into the station and thankfully found the guy as he was still trying to understand the ticketing machine. He had not even realized that he was missing his pack.
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