Nara: Where The Messenger of God Resides

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Nara is definitely one of my favorite city in Japan. It is a city of culture, tradition, and nature all together.

Nara became the capital of Japan in the year 710, and thus, Heian period started. By this era, Buddhism has gain the political power and as a result, many Buddhist temples were built by imperial family. Even though the capital was moved to Kyoto in 784, numbers of beautiful buildings have remained in Nara till this day. The best attraction in Nara is Todaiji temple, which was contracted in 752 by Emperor Shomu. Todaiji was designated a UNESCO world heritage site, and it is the largest wooden building in the world. You will also find a largest Buddha statue in Todaiji temple, which unfortunately I don’t have a picture of (besides digital pictures).

Another amazing thing about this city is the wild deers that roam around all over the place! Deers were considered as a messenger of God in the ancient times, and the deers in Nara have become a national treasure. You will find little shops in the area that sells treats that are specifically made for the deers, and the best part is, if you hold the treat slightly above deer’s head, they will bow to you! None of my friends believed me until they saw it with their own eyes, and some even said, “If they do, they must have been trained to do so,” but NO! They are wild deers and were never trained to do that! You can walk next to the deers there, and pet them, feed them, and take a picture with them! No problem! They are very gentle, and are not scared of people at all.

Nara will definitely entertain any visitors with numbers of historical buildings to see and friendly deers that welcomes you:)
If you are interested, find out more about Nara at http://www.yamasa.org/japan/english/destinations/nara/todaiji.html

written by sugiyamasatomi on 2009-06-01 in #world #locations #temple #buddha-statue #culture #unesco-world-heritage #deers #historical-site #japan

10 Comments

  1. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    great photos

  2. thaiseb
    thaiseb ·

    Wonderful colors, and a charming place !

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    What a nice place! And love the shots, specially n°18.. :)))

  4. saviorjosh
    saviorjosh ·

    lovely place and wonderful gallery! well done!

  5. takuji
    takuji ·

    Great gallery!

  6. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Nara is a beautiful city. I was bummed I missed seeing the deer when I passed thru. Very nice gallery.

  7. sugiyamasatomi
    sugiyamasatomi ·

    thank you all for your comments! just wanted to add one thing....the web address I added is for Todaiji temple, not for Nara. I just realized that. Ooops.

  8. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yeah ! This gallery is gorgeous !

  9. abcdefuck
    abcdefuck ·

    wooh bambi =D

  10. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Amazing place!! Can't believe I missed this and that other location when they were published! Sooo very beautiful =)

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