Sometimes Most of the time, the best adventures are the ones you didn’t plan for. When our friends Gabe and Ilene came to visit last month, they proposed visiting a place we’d heard of but never stopped to see: Nara.
It was one of those sweltering, late-summer days that usually made me want to stay inside, but on our way from Osaka to Kyoto, we decided to make a brief stop in Nara to visit Kōfukuji, home to a towering five-story pagoda, Tōdaiji, the Great Eastern Temple and spend some time with deer. Yup, deer. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of deer (see Louis C.K.’s amazing rant about them) but the time we spent taking photos of them/being mildly freaked out and fascinated by them was well worth it. They were very calm and didn’t seemed phased at all by the crowds (the crackers being sold to feed to them didn’t hurt, either).
Tōdaiji was nothing short of spectacular. First constructed in 752, it’s home to a seated Buddha that is 15 meters tall. It was an awe-inspiring sight that reminded you to stop, take a breath and forget about being too tired or too warm or too stressed and just enjoy your time with those you love.