A Photo Tour – Nara, Japan
Photo Tour of Nara, Japan
We were fortunate enough to visit Nara over a few days in early May and we were both taken aback by its tremendous natural beauty, storied history and commanding temples and shrines. The most famous of which is Todai-ji’s Daibutsu, the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue. Walking into Todai-ji’s main hall and gazing up into the eyes of the giant Buddha was the first time in our travels where we both felt overpowered spiritually as it is truly one of the world’s most magnificent spiritual symbols.
Nara is mostly known for its roughly 1500 Sika Deer who roam the many parks freely and are known in the Shinto religion as “the messengers of the gods”. We learned that some of these deer have even learned to bow when asking for food.
I hope you enjoy our photo tour of beautiful Nara.
Alyse feeding her first deer in Japan
View from the outside of “Todai-ji”, the world’s largest wooden building even though the original size was 1/3 bigger (was reconstructed in 1692)!
One of the two guardians at the main gates of the “Todai-ji”
The business owners know the deer are the main attraction in Nara and will put out bowls of water for them
Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of medicine and healing. It is believed that if you rub this Buddha on an area that ails you, and then you rub the corresponding body part, you will become healed.
It is said that if you can fit your way through this hole in the base of a pillar, which is roughly the same size of the great Daibutsu’s nostril, that you will be enlightened in the next life. I think Alyse was thrilled she made it all the way through with all the locals watching her!
One of the two Bodhisattvas who flank the great Daibutsu
Messenger of the gods, with Kofuku-ji peaking out from behind the hill
Alyse becoming the pack leader of this group of deer
“Todai-ji’s Daibutsu”, the largest Buddha in Japan and the largest bronze Buddha in the world