Sunday, 27 November 2016

Nara, Japan

Nara. Japan's ancient capital (8th century).
Today, it's the capital of Japan’s Nara Prefecture, in south-central Honshu.

Nandaimon, the Great Southern Gate.

Main Temple, Nara.
Tōdai-ji temple.
Tōdai-ji (東大寺?, Eastern Great Temple) is a Buddhist temple complex, that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Japan. Dates to 728 AD.
It's the world's largest wooden building.

. Daibutsu, Tōdai-ji's 15m-high bronze Buddha.

Komokuten, one of the pair of guardians in the Tōdai-ji temple.

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.
Tame sika deer (also known as spotted deer or Japanese deer) roam through the town, especially in Nara Park. (Wikipedia).

On the park's east side is the Shinto shrine Kasuga Taisha, which dates to 768 A.D. and more than 3,000 lanterns.

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