It was too beautiful to stay indoors yesterday and I went for a long solitary walk in Nara Park with my new compact digital camera. For the people who come to Nara for the first time, the best place to start sightseeing would be Nara Park, which is a spacious grassy, woody area with no gates, no fences, with full of historical and cultural sites including World Heritages, museums, hills, brooks, groves, government buildings, people's houses, about 1200 deer, and so on. Whenever I visit there, I find something new. I took my favorite course in fall. I hope you like it, too.
Sarusawa Pond is within a few minutes' walk from Kintetsu Nara station. Can you spot turtles on the logs? They are comfortably basking in the sun. Beyond the pond and the traffic road is Kofuku-ji Temple precinct.
The threads of weeping willow is not so long as in summer, so I could see a clear view of Five-storied Pagoda of Kofukuji Temple.
|Woodblock print by Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950)|
The view of the pond with the shadow of the Five-story Pagoda reflected on its surface is beautiful.
Ukimi-do, a hexagonal bridge-connected pavilion on the water, is a pleasant place for a rest.
a path to Ukimi-do
Don't disturb the couple. Leave them alone.
This is a view I saw when I turned back after going up the stone steps at the backside of the Todai-ji Buddha Hall. Further going up brings you to the Belfry.
The original Belfry was blown down by a severe typhoon in 980: the present one was rebuilt in the beginning of 13th century. The elegant architectural structure has the influence of Zen style of architecture. The Bell dates back from the time of the founding of Todai-ji in 8th century. It is the second largest next to the one of Chion-in (Kyoto) and is known for its long ring.
Go up higher, and you'll come to Nigatsu-do Hall, or Second Month Hall. It is called so as Shuni-e Ceremony is held here during the second month of the lunar calendar since 8th century. The present building is a reconstruction of 1669. You can have a great view from the balcony. (Free of charge.)
the popular ginkgo tree in Nara Park
What causes the leaves of the trees to change colors is weather condition: sunlight and cold temperature, but not freezing cold, have big effect on dogwoods (in October) or maples (in November) for vivid red colors. Yellow leaves are guaranteed regardless of weather.
view from Azumaya (resting place) on the higher ground
A gateway to where?
Tea House with thatched roof in the moss (cedar moss) garden.
This is not a gigantic two-story mushroom but a stone lantern.
On the way back to the train station, I found a deer feeding alone. I hoped this deer would not go farther into the town. If no one gives him food, he wouldn't and would get back to his usual place.
It's important to think about how humans and deer can coexist. As one of mesaures, there are few trash boxes in Nara Park to protect deer, to prevent them from eating the bad things like plastics when they try to eat the leftover of foods. Tourists are expected to bring back their trash with them. Not to leave anything except for memories would be a common sense of a tourist.
Thanks for reading. I'm happy to share the scenes I love with you.
Nara City Sightseeing Information Center