Kyla and Nick Around the World travel blog

Feeding the sacred deer.

It took Kyla a while to trust the deer, but once she...

While we still can't read Japanese, we figured out the sign pretty...

We bought a sweet potato from a street vendor - the deer...

Not waiting for us to trip, this deer got a little more...

"If I can't get that sweet potato, I can at least get...

Our new travel companion. However, our plans to take a photo of...

The largest wooden structure in the world. Not currently on fire.

The largest seated buddha in the world.

It's considered good luck to squeeze through the hole at the base...

Rub a body part on the statue, and then your own, and...

What's more unlikely - the three of us with our eyes all...

The tranquillity was only spoiled occasionally by a few huge koi (fish)...

Out for Christmas Eve dinner with a very wild and crazy crew....

Nick and the "low-class" (or more direct, "wrong") way to use chopsticks,...

The "correct" Japanese way to use chopsticks. Across the table, the "correct"...

While we may be less educated in chopstick use, we do know...


Nara was an ancient capital of Japan, and home to a huge density of temples and sacred deer. We visited the largest wooden structure in the world (which, not surprisingly, has burned down a few times. Go figure) with the largest statue of Buddha. We fed the sacred deer, and then watched the sacred deer behave rather unsacredly towards lots of little children clutching food.

Deer: 34 - Scared little kids with food: 0

The deer were quite enterprising, which we discovered when one started to open up Tanja's purse with his horns.

After Nara and the temples, we returned to Osaka for dinner at a Chinese restaurant with a host of Tanja's friends. The dinner lasted for hours, with food, beer, and friends coming and going almost randomly. The chili shrimp were fantastic.



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