I finally received the scans from my trip to Japan so I can start to post some of the pics I shot there (I shot 342 pictures with the M6 and 699 with the iPhone). I won’t post the pictures in chronological order but rather by themes or place we visited.
This first post is about Nara, which used to be the first fixed capital of Japan during the 8th century. The park and the temples are a UNESCO world heritage site. Compared to the madness in Tokyo and Kyoto, Nara is a very quiet town and many temples are located in the huge park close to the station so you can visit everything only by walking.
In this park there is around 1200 deers (considered sacred) walking around completely free. You can buy special crackers to feed them and they seem to love it.
There is many temples to see in this park. The Kasuga-taisha (the red/orange one) is worth the visit as all along the path that leads there you can find thousands of stone lantern which creates a very nice atmosphere. These lanterns are lit only during two festivals (beginning of February and mid August).
The temps that you must absolutely see is Todai-ji. It’s the biggest wood construction in the world (in the past it was 1/3 of the current size bigger but was destroyed during civil wars and the rebuilt). Inside you can also find the biggest bronze statue in the world, the Buddha is 15m tall, and trust me it’s really impressive. Next to this Buddha there is 2 huge wooden stautes of Koumoku-ten who are protectors of Buddha’s realm.
Scans by Carmencita Film Lab