It was a bright and sunny day. I left our hotel in high spirits and a glowing skin. I got back to our hotel looking stressed, dark and a few tan lines. Summer in Nara, Japan is sunny, hot and humid compared to the cool, spring-like weather in Tokyo. Sweat is a familiar physiological response for the hot and humid air. A handkerchief or towel alone is not enough. I wanted wet tissue to wipe all over my face and neck area to cool me down (and remove the dirt from sweat and pollution. Despite the Manila-like weather, I enjoyed the town of Nara. It has a similar old-world ambiance to Kyoto (which I still consider as my favorite place in Japan). It was amazing to see this place in such a bright weather (though I did wish the temperature was cooler).
Todaiji Temple and the Nara Deer Park is located in one area. We decided to visit that first because well, our main reason for going to Nara is the deers. My mom bought some snacks to feed the deer. There were already a herd of deer waiting for tourists to feed them. These are wild deers by the way so be very cautious when feeding them. They will chase you for more food once you start throwing them the biscuits you just bought (kinda scary because they bit my clothes to get my attention). There are stalls after stalls of souvenir shops on the side and rows of Japanese restaurants. So when you're done feeding the deers and touring the temple, you can go inside any of the shops and buy your deer souvenirs. Or if you feel hungry, step inside one of the traditional restaurants there and fill your stomach with Japanese gastronomy. And because it was intensely hot that day, we went to one of the ice cream shops that offer Cherry Blossom as a unique flavour. I had always want to taste cherry blossom in my mouth. But my fantasy was shattered when I had my first bite as it was not what I expected. It tasted like cherry (like duh!). I hate anything cherry-flavored. It was a refreshing treat in the hot weather anyway. I would still root for the lavender ice cream in Mt Fuji anytime.
For more information about Todaiji Temple, the Deer Park and Nara as a whole, you may visit this website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4103.html
Off The Shoulder Top and Sneakers: Stradivarius | Pinafore: from Bangkok | Bag: from mom
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