234 - 16th September 2006 - Nara


Kofuku-ji shrine


There are plenty of deer wandering around Nara


The Tokon-do and the pagoda


Deer in the street


The old woodwork of the gate to Todai-Ji


Those grumpy looking statues are back again


I really should find out their names


Lawns in front of the temple - Very different to other places we have seen


Looking through the incense at Todai Ji


Decorative latern


The giant buddha that the temple is largely famous for


Decoration on the wood beams


These are lifesize recreations of the lotus leaves that the buddha is sitting on


One of four assistants that sit around the main statue


The main statue is 15 meters tall. He's lost his head a few times due to earthquakes but always gets well patched up


Another grumpy fellow


Doing a bit of weight training - Tamon-ten (I took a photo of one of their names this time)


An example of a carved head


The small boy is climbing through a hole that runs through the pillar - Success reserves you a place in paradise


Most people seem to try it


This lad obviously wants to take his dad with him


Another one of buddha's friends


His eyes were painted on in a large ceremony in the year 752


He was very very impressive


This strange chap with the shower cap was outside - His name is Binzuru


Touching him and then touching an afflicted part of your own body is supposed to heal it


I have no idea who this guy is, but he's everywhere


Chris at Horyu-Ji


Another elaborate cleansing fountain


Close up of the dragon


Grumpy Chap photo number 128392


This one is a bit groovy though


The front of Horyu-Ji


In the gardens outside


Yet another five storied pagoda - This one was open to allow you to see the clay carvings inside. No photos allowed though.


Detailed dragon carvings


Lantern


Detail on the lantern


The wind blowing at the cloths on the front of the main shrine


Out in the gardens again


This tree was very twisted but surviving


More dragons. They sure did like 'em


The octagonal Yume-Dono (Hall of dreams). Inside is a sacred image that is only revealed twice a year for short periods.


A bell tower


Back in Nara at our accomodation - Not easy to find when this sign is what you have to spot!


The front of the ryokan. Shoes off once inside please!!!