We had a long weekend for March 21, 22, and 23 and we took the seven hour drive from Niigata to Nara. (The capital before Kyoto, which was before Tokyo). It was rainy and snowy along the road but we enjoyed two nights in Nara. The Saturday weather was kind to us and most of these shots were taken then.
Thank you to Mr and Mrs Kosaka who kindly showed us the secret parking spaces of Nara, bought us too much dinner and took us out on the town in Osaka on Saturday night. I treasure my new hat.
Mr Kosaka has a wonderful hat store in Nara and he visited Canberra last October with the mayor of Nara and presented his new product, the "Sun Levee" which protects wearers from harmful UV. I think it will be most beneficial to those who have to work in the Australian sun. His website is in Japanese but can be accessed here: http://j-k-labo.co.jp
|Great Buddha Hall (Daibutsuden) at Todai-ji|
|The Great Buddha of Nara (Nara Daibutsu) (right figure) was completed in 751 or 752 AD according to various sources|
|I think the looming figure on the right is Bishamonten |
One of Todai-ji's guards
|Oriental Turtle Dove in Nara Park (Nara Koen)|
|Kofuku-ji (above and below)|
|Mr Kosaka in his hat store in Nara.|