I have no idea what product this banner was for, but we spotted it in a shopping arcade in Teramachi, Kyoto;
Well, today we visited Nara and there was certainly a lot of “High Quality Bambi” there; in fact everywhere.
There are also temples, shrines, a five story pagoda and an enormous Buddha, all set in a beautiful huge park. Some areas are open grass, others forests of huge trees with twisted roots and draped with moss.
Rice cakes can be purchased to feed the deer & they can be a bit over enthusiastic! We discovered that the bolshie deer hang around the entrance. The deer further into the park were gentler. If you bow to the deer, they bow back!
We preferred ice-cream and during the day tried mango, grape, black sesame & white peach. The latter was the best with Black Sesame the runner up!
One of the main attractions of Nara is the Giant Buddha. Unfortunately in photos it doesn’t look that big because there is no scale, but it is massive. The hall that houses it is huge, so that gives some indication. There is a hand around the back [not sure why] so a person near that gives some idea of the size. Out the front is a really creepy looking statue of Binzuru, said to bestow healing.
Chris was pretty nervous of the deer at first & couldn’t be persuaded to feed one [he tossed any biscuit he was given & backed away!] but as he got used to them suddenly decided to pat one.