COCOSKIES | An art blog: Japan: Exploring Nara

20.11.14

Japan: Exploring Nara


Location: Nara, Japan.
Nara (formerly Heiju-kyu) is a beautiful, green city that is famous for being the habitat of many deer which roam around the grounds freely. According to legend they are viewed as sacred animals that were originally introduced to the land by a mythological god named Takemikazuchto. Their purpose was to guard the city from danger thousands of years ago. Nara also has a wide range of accessible gardens, shrines and historical temples, so it's well worth a visit if your interesting in getting a taste of Japan's cultural heritage. Before you even reach where the deer are, there are many pleasant little shops that line the nearby streets. We stumbled across a farmer's shop that sold the largest apples I've ever seen! There was also a place selling fresh mochi where you can see it being made in front of you and it was delicious! It contained fresh, grounded red beans, so there's no need to feel guilty for treating yourself! There were also also numerous stalls selling fresh takoyaki, which is a fried ball of savoury batter filled with chopped octopus and topped off with same sauces we saw on the Okonomiyaki.

The first picture in this post is probably my favourite from the entire trip. It's almost as if the deer is looking through the day's pictures with my cousin. The deer in Nara are known for being incredibly friendly and are used to the constant flow of visitors. When you present the deer with a cracker, it will politely bow it's head before accepting the offer. Obviously I wanted to see if this was true, so with each deer encountered I held a cracker out and just as Mrs. Katsui had told me, the deer did indeed bow. Nara is quite a sleepy little town, if I had to live in Japan I'd be very content living there.

10 comments :

  1. Wow! Your pictures are absolutely amazing! I love the lil trinkety things they have =] everything looks so gorgeous!

    Love Anna, The Laife Journal x

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  2. Japan <3 I desperately want to travel there. Your images are beautiful and I think I'm falling in love with all the deer

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  3. such pretty pictures! you make me wanna go to Nara badly xx

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  4. Oh my gosh, so adorable, I will definitely go to Nara when I go to Japan for the deer. I love that they bow before taking the cracker, so polite! Haha.

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  5. How have I never heard of this place? It looks amazing!

    Gold Dust

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  6. Thank you as always Miss Lai!! ^^ xxx

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  7. Please go if you ever get the chance, it's such a beautiful country!

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  8. Nara is such a wonderful place, hopefully one day you get the chance to experience it! ^^ xx

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  9. Definitely visit Nara, there are so many things to see! I still can't get over how polite they were!

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  10. To be honest, I only really found out about it a few months before I visited! Definitely visit if you can! :) x

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