08.06.2010 25 °C
We decided to only spend one day in Nara and then head over to Osaka for the night. Nara was the most quaint, rustic Japanese city we visited, although it resembled more of a town with it's small streets and little alleyways. The main attraction in Nara is the huge park with numerous temples and wildlife. We headed that way and soon found ourselves taking snaps of some turtles that were perched on various rocks located in the middle of a picturesque lake. This was a good taster for what lay ahead. Round the corner were the deer that Nara is infamously renowned for. They roam the park nonchalantly going about their own business as tourists and locals rightfully stare affectionately in admiration for these stunning creatures. We spent ages taking photographs with them. Walking right up, stroking them and sitting beside them as they ate and lazed in the sun. It was a great experience to interact with such docile magnificent animals in a way that is extremely rare back home or anywhere else in the world for that matter.
Further into the park was the temple of the giant Buddha. After paying the entry fee we wandered up the immaculate gardens toward the temple amongst herds of school children, a few of which would shout 'hello' and wave as they practiced their limited English skills. We humoured them as we walked inside. The giant Buddha, the biggest metal Buddha in the world, loomed over us imposingly ans the subsequent continual flashing of cameras by tourists and Japanese nationals alike told you that this was a site appreciated by all no matter what their origins. The rest of the temple was largely plain so we wandered the park a bit more, basking in the sun and relaxed atmosphere that has escaped us in the bigger cities before heading back to get the train to Osaka.