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Kasuga Taisha

When I went to Nara last time,  I was a schoolchild. Recently my friend said Nara was not distant by car. My husband and I decided to go, but I was afraid if we would able to find a parking lot there during Golden Week holidays. Many tourists will come to this world heritage city from all over Japan. We were so lucky. On the way to Nara we weren't caught in a traffic jam, so we arrived at Kasuga Taisha in two and a half hours.  At Kasuga Taisha we were excited to see deer walking. I wanted to see the east cloister of Kasuga Taisha. Wisteria were so beautiful.  The crest of the shrine was wisteria.  We walked to Todai-ji.  We were overwhelmed to see Great Buddha Hall. Emperor Shomu built this temple in the 8th century.

The fires of war destroyed  some buildings of Todai-ji twice, but people had rebuilt them. I could see a panoramic view of Nara from Nigatsu-do. On the way to Kofuku-ji, the buildings of Nara National Museum was wonderful.  I saw five-storied pagoda at Kofuku-ji for the first time on that day. The most impressive statue on the day was the beautiful statue of Buddha Ashura of Kofuku-ji. We had time, so we decided go to Toshodai-ji and yakushi-ji by bus. Endured many hardships, the blind Chinese Buddist monk Jianzhen came to Japan. He founded Toshodai-ji. Qiong hua, his hometown Yangzhou's flower was at their best. I could see various beautiful flowers in this trip. Several murals of Japanese and Chinese landscapes by a very famous Japanese-style painter Kaii Higashiyama were fantastic. The murals were worth seeing.  We walked to Yakushi-ji nearby. It appeared that an outdoor tea ceremony had just finished. A Kimono looked very nice at a temple. 

spocklogic says:
I remember looking at this last year and sure I made some smiles here, but maybe not completely. Nara is great for some flavor of the old world Japan I thought in seeing a complete ancient city preserved here. An overlooked place I think for travelers to this area of Japan.
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014
vulindlela says:
Lovely photos!
Posted on: May 06, 2013
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Kasuga Taisha
Kasuga Taisha
Kasuga Taisha
Kasuga Taisha
Todai-ji
Todai-ji
Todai-ji
Todai-ji
Great Buddha Hall
Great Buddha Hall
a tour guide hold a carp streamer …
a tour guide hold a carp streamer…
so many people waited to pass this…
so many people waited to pass thi…
Nigatsu-do
Nigatsu-do
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Kofuku-ji
Kofuku-ji
Toshodai-ji
Toshodai-ji
a Chinese flower Qiong-hua, Jianzh…
a Chinese flower Qiong-hua, Jianz…
the tomb of a Chinese monk Jianzhe…
the tomb of a Chinese monk Jianzh…
a lotus
a lotus
Yakushi-ji
Yakushi-ji
an outdoor tea ceremony had just f…
an outdoor tea ceremony had just …
a mascot of Nara, Sento kun
a mascot of Nara, Sento kun
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A beautiful shrine in vermilion
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