According to the legendary history of Kasuga Shrine, a mythological god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard the newly built capital of Heijō-kyō.
Since then the deer have been regarded as heavenly animals, protecting the city and the country.
We’re on our way to Nara today.
Beautiful views along the way.
For the Quieter side of Nara, click the link to see my post..here:
Nara Park is also known as Nara Koen & it’s a large park in central Nara that was established in 1880.
It is the location of many of Nara’s main attractions.
And upon arriving in Nara Koen.
Taking a stroll through Nara Park..
Temple visitors will also encounter some deer from the adjacent Nara Park, begging for shika senbei.
The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer.
My “deAr” pet!
(I’m sorry to be so lame)
Now these are the real thing!
Deers are considered in Shinto; believed to be messengers of the gods.
Nara’s nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city and have been designated a natural treasure.
Tame deer roam through the town, especially in Nara Park.
Snack vendors sell “shika senbei” (deer biscuits) to visitors so they can feed the deer.
My Deer, you are so Dear to me…!
Deer meee…! ;D
This is the Nandaimon gate.
Along the approach to Todaiji stands the Nandaimon Gate.
A large wooden gate watched over by two fierce looking statues.
Representing the Nio Guardian Kings, the statues are designated national treasures together with the gate itself.
Students in a class outing.
Pathway to Todaiji.
Todaiji is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.
The temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan.
They grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower the temple’s influence on government affairs.
This statue is Binzuru, or Pindola Bharadvaja, is made of wood,and dates from the Edo period.
He is reported to have excelled in occult powers. In Japan, people believe that if you rub a part of the statue of Binzuru, and then the corresponding part of your own body, the ailment there will be cured.
Todaiji’s main hall, the Daibutsuden is the world’s largest wooden building.
The Daibutsuden is really huge and…
Despite the fact being that the present reconstruction of 1692, is only two thirds of the original temple hall’s size!
The massive building houses Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu).
The 15 meters tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana and is flanked by two Bodhisattvas.
Inside the big Buddha hall.
Several smaller Buddhist statues are displayed too.
And also models of the former and current buildings are also on display in the Daibutsuden Hall.
Miniature wooden construction of the castle on display.
Kasuga Taisha is Nara’s most celebrated shrine. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city.
Kasuga Taisha was also the tutelary shrine of the Fujiwara, Japan’s most powerful family clan during most of the Nara and Heian Periods.
Like the Ise Shrines, Kasuga Taisha had been periodically rebuilt every 20 years for many centuries. In the case of Kasuga Taisha, however, the custom was discontinued at the end of the Edo Period.
Beyond the shrine’s offering hall, there is an inner area which provides a closer view of the shrine’s inner buildings.
Furthest in is the main sanctuary, containing multiple shrine buildings that display the distinctive Kasuga style of shrine architecture, characterized by a sloping roof extending over the front of the building.
The main altar & helmet with antelopes.
Kasuga Taisha is famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshipers.
Hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings, stone lanterns too!
Many stone lanterns line the way to Kasuga Taisha.
Great views from the top.
Beautiful view of Nara.
Definitely a welcome escape from the bustling city life of japan.
The trees are starting to turn color.
More pictures here for your viewing pleasure, “Deers”..
oh DEER! ｡◕ ‿ ◕｡
Streets that resemble Shinsaibashi suji.
Well..It’s Kansai after all; ain’t it?
Its time for Udon & Sashimi!!
She was so well behaved!
A supermarket in Nara.
Uber tasty melon.
After getting groceries, we left Nara for dinner.
Gonna be preparing breakfast tomorrow!
On the Train ride back.
As for dinner, we had:
Soba/Curry rice set & Udon/ Oyakodon set!