High Quality Bambi

I have no idea what product this banner was for, but we spotted it in a shopping arcade in Teramachi, Kyoto;

High quality Bambi!!

High quality Bambi!!

Well, today we visited Nara and there was certainly a lot of “High Quality Bambi” there; in fact everywhere.

Sika Deer

Sika Deer

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.

Five-storey Pagoda

Five-storey Pagoda

Nick and Tim feed the deer

Nick and Tim feed the deer

Rod feeding a deer

Rod feeding a deer

More deer feeding

More deer feeding

The bucks were a bit scary; many had bleeding heads.

The bucks were a bit scary; many had bleeding heads.

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!

A Sika deer bowing politely for a biscuit.

A Sika deer bowing politely for a biscuit.

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!

yummy icecream

yummy icecream

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.

The hall of the buddha statue

The hall of the buddha statue

The giant Buddha and one of the smaller statues on either side.

The giant Buddha and one of the smaller statues on either side.

A "spare" hand with Nick to give scale.

A “spare” hand with Nick to give scale.

The rather creepy looking Binzuru...

The rather creepy looking Binzuru…

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.

Chris suddenly decided to walk up to a deer and pat it!

Chris suddenly decided to walk up to a deer and pat it!

Jenny on the other hand patted the deer often!

Jenny on the other hand patted the deer often!

Rows and rows of stone lanters in the forest.

Rows and rows of stone lanters in the forest.

Today was Culture Day and there was a special "Wisteria" ceremony on at one of the shrines.

Today was Culture Day and there was a special “Wisteria” ceremony on at one of the shrines.

More high quality Bambi

More high quality Bambi

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2 Responses to High Quality Bambi

  1. 4cassandra says:

    I’m a bit obsessed with deer so I’m green with envy now ! Love the pics !

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