日本: Nara-town

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Deer Overlooking Todai-ji Temple

I live about a 20 minute train ride from Nara, Nara Precture, Japan, which is one of the country's original capitals. Basically, it's one giant UNESCO World Heritage site overrun with sacred deer. This past weekend was a three day weekend, so I walked around the town a bit. The guidebooks say not to visit on a Sunday or on holidays. I was just tough out of luck this weekend. Fail.

There'll be plenty more opportunities to site-see, so this was just a leisurely, deer-filled stroll. The deer are considered sacred, although, mostly they've just been imprinted with HUMANS MEAN FOOD. The gift shops are filled with deer-printed cookies & key rings and also many Sento-kun items (i.e., Nara's mascot, a baby-faced boy with antlers). Christmas 2013's hot item?

Part of Kufuku-ji Temple
Boy Feeding a Nara Deer
Deer just milling around with the people near Todai-ji Temple
Nara National Museum Nara Deer
Relaxing Nara Deer

7 comments:

rooth said...

Wow, they really are everywhere. Kind of scary or really peaceful?

Carolyn Watson-Dubisch said...

Did you feed them? Amazing photos!

Kindra said...

I love Nara! The deer are so cute - but boy do they get crazy if you have food!

The Daibutsu is amazing.

Punctuation Mark said...

such a beautiful place!

Nicole said...

Oh my goodness. This is awesome. The deer really were everywhere. I love that they just let them overrun the area like that instead of killing them; like we do in America. Sad face.

silverthoughts2 said...

Pretty neat, although thanks to too many close encounters I've developed a pretty healthy fear of deer.

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