Day 10: Nara Todaiji, Deer Park, Osaka Namba Walk

On the 10th day of our trip we headed to Nara. Nara was Japan’s capital at one point in history and it is home to many Buddhist temples. We visited Todaiji Temple, the most famous landmark of Nara, and Nara Park.

Nandaimon Gate of Todaiji

Nandaimon Gate of Todaiji

 Todaiji

Todaiji

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple
We saw many groups of students in uniforms on field trips.

Big Buddha and Kwannon in Todaiji

Big Buddha and Kwannon in Todaiji
The statue on the right is Japan’s largest bronze statue of Buddha. His palm alone is as tall as a person. On the left is a statue of Kwannon, the Goddess of Mercy.

 Pindola (Binzuru)

Wooden statue of Pindola (Binzuru)

It is said that “when a person rubs a part of Binzuru and then rubs the corresponding part of his own body, his ailments there will disappear”.

nara deer park deer

Deer in Nara Park
The wild deer is a highly well-known attraction of Nara, but I must report that they had pretty poor manners. They dislike being petted and will run away when you try. However if they think you are going to feed them they will surround you and tackle you and aggressively gobble down whatever you have to offer. There were deer food for sale at the park but we decided not to feed them since they seemed like very hungry beasts who may chew up our fingers .

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Zzzz

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Sorry no food for you

pasta lunch japan

My lunch –bought from a convenience store. I had ran out of cash at this point and to my surprise, many restaurants in Japan do not take credit cards. I had to live on convenience store food for two days .

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cute giraffe car

Next we did some shopping at Namba Walk of Osaka and Kyoto Station.

swimmer japan

This is in a store called “Swimmer” which I love for their extremely girly and retro stationary and accessories.

Happy wig models

Happy wig models

lolita fashion

Girls in lolita fashion

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Totoro