Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A day in Nara

I went to Nara for the day to see the deer park as well as the world's largest wooden temple which also contains japan's largest buddha statue. Nara is a really beautiful city with a small town feel. Friendly people and a park that houses numerous deer that roam free. the deer actually own the park, so don't mess with them. You can buy cookies to feed the deer but the deer will also just com up to you and start eating paper from your hand, pockets or purses. it's sort of funny and a little sad. I bought some cookies to feed them but i couldn't open the paper. Next thing I know I am surrounded by about 12-15 deer and they are hungry. They started to nipple on me and then a few with horns were head butting me and some smaller ones were jumping on me. I didn't know what to do and just ended up throwing the cookies into their mouths. as soon as I was out of cookies, the deer dispersed. they knew how to place this came, and they play it well. The fellow traveller I was with got a few photos of this but sadly she deleted the video on accident of them attacking me.

5 story pagoda

a walk through a zen garden

in the zen garden there was this little house that had a watermill attached to it. beautiful and serene to be near it

inside the outer gate at Tōdai-ji (the world's largest wooden building)

about to enter the main hall of Tōdai-ji

inside the Great Buddha Hall looking at the world's largest buddha.

buddha from the front left

a god of some sort inside the Great Buddha Hall

buddha from the front right

Yakushi Nyorai, the medicine buddha. you touch whatever is ailing you on this buddha and it is supposed to help heal your ailment

inside the temple is this hole in one of the pillar bases. you can try to crawl through it. I tried... couldn't even get my shoulders in.

hello dear

line of lamps..

deer fountain

i got this at the market. was so tasty, a pickled garlic with bonito flakes. so damn good!

this was a tofu fermented in miso. tasted sort of like wispride cheese. very tasty

for dinner i had a spicy cod row stuffed fish. also very yumz

Sake tasting at 10am. I had full glasses of each of these drinks, which explains my buzz. also in the front are some narazuke, or vegetables fermented in a sake paste. an pungent taste that i happen to have acquired a liking for.

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