Hello my deers! Yes, that is how I meant to spell it!
Now we have visited “The Land of Heavenly Deer,” or Nara., Japan. So you were wondering why this place is called the Land of Heavenly Deer? Legend has it that a mythological god arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard the newly built capital. Now, you can see tame deer roaming all around Nara. After a beautiful drive from Kobe, we reached a place where I learned how to make a traditional Japanese roof tile from a well-known artist who is very skilled at the art. Kawara tiles help protect houses from damage and they also have other meanings. I looked on line and my design was similar to the Moon design, and it is said that it will purify and protect your home.
The roof tiles are put on many traditional buildings, including Buddhist Temples.
Then we went to Mariko’s friend Akemi’s house and had a delicious lunch including two hamburger patties, soup and salad and desserts! Her house is a traditional Japanese house.
We ate in the tea room with a beautiful alter and decorations. I met her great niece, Rinko. She was very fun to play with. Akemi got us VIP passes to the Todaiji Temple, which is the largest wooden building in the world! See that window in the second floor?
Later on, Akemi took us to a temple containing the world’s largest Buddha in the world. Imagine this. Someone my size is as big as its pinky finger! It was humungous! Two times a year, a window is opened to reveal Buddha’s head. There is a pillar that has a hole in it for an unknown reason.
It is believed that the hole is the same size as Buddha’s nostril, and if you can get all the way through it, you will be granted enlightenment in your next life.
After we peeled our eyes off Buddha, we went to another part of the temple which has stone sculptures of Japanese guards. You do not want to mess with these guys! Back to the deer. We went to another area within the temple grounds to feed them. They were so tame, even though one was nibbling at my mom’s bottom (it was quite a laugh)! We had such a fun time in Nara, but it is time to go home to Kobe now! Look for more posts from your world trek reporter! Keep calm and travel around the world! PS. Guess what we had for dinner that night? Sushi! Mariko planned our trip in such an amazing fashion! We had such a wonderful time in Japan. I can’t wait to see her next year in California! Kazu is coming too this time. We have some terrific plans for when you come to see us!
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You are doing a great job with your blog, Makenna! Say hi to your moms for us. Love reading about your adventures!
Your reporting is awesome, Makenna! It’s really fun to read about the places you visit and all the cool stuff you do….and your home hosts are amazing with the special trips and sites they arrange for you. What a great experience this is! Give my greetings to your moms. Looking forward to your next update!