today was an absolutely GORGEOUS day, and it was also buddha's birthday! so what better place to go than nara, where it has japan's largest buddha!
here is where nara is :) pretty close. just a 45 minute train ride away
now, not only was it buddha's birthday today, but the year 2010 is also the 1300th anniversary for nara! nara is japan's original capital, so that was pretty cool. they have banners and posters all over the place letting people know
nara is a very beautiful place with lots of parks...
waaaay more deer than miyajima had! and these ones are all over the place, walking around
anyway, we continued on our path to go see buddha
starting to enter the todaiji temple
not a cloud in the sky! as you can see, this temple where buddha is, is huge. it's also the largest wooden building in the world!
and here is buddha inside! again, you really cannot tell from the pictures, but this buddha is GIGANTIC. it's 49.1 feet tall! the ears alone are 8.3 feet tall haha...
the little statues on the gold part behind him are about the same size as a person (to help you see how big it is!)
it was pretty awesome
this statue (also inside the temple) is also huge, and carved out of wood! he is a guardian inside the temple
a supporting post in the temple has a hole apparently the same size as one of the buddha's nostrils. legend has it that those who pass through it will be blessed with enlightenment in their next life!
us in front of the todaiji temple
after the temple, we walked back through the deer park, and the great thing with this park is that you can buy crackers for the deer and they go absolutely BONKERS!
this guy made a mistake and didn't run away immediately after buying his crackers
they get...pushy haha
so we bought a pack of crackers, and ran a pretty good distance away with them, but the deer knew better, and a few followed us the whole distance!
but...these deer also BOW for crackers!!! it was so cool!
okay they're gettin' grabby again haha...
then we rode one back to the station (just kidding!) ;)
but we saw this on our walk back, and thought it looked funny
we also saw these guys on our walk back. they were hitting that gluttonous rice ball really hard!
then in this part, it was SUPER fast, and the one guy was flipping the ball over with his hands while the other hit it with the mallet. i thought mallet was going to hit that poor guy's hands because they were going so fast! and look at those ARM muscles!
and then a 3rd guy has the super easy job of coating the little balls so people could buy them to eat haha
what a great day! and a gorgeous train ride home!