Side step to Nara

During our trip to Osaka, Natalie and I took a mini side trip to Nara, a city nearby. We went straight to Nara park, which is most famous for Todaiji Temple, where deer roam free around the temple grounds. So, with out further ado, here are a lot of pictures of deer!

(Update: I moved the rest of the photos to my flickr account, in hopes to open up space on my blog, view the rest of the deer [and more] here.)


The deer were obviously very tame, although I felt a little bad for them. The males had their antlers cut, which I am sure is in order to protect tourists from impalings, but all the same it’s a bit sad to see an animal deprived of something so important.

We also visited Todaiji Temple, which houses a very famous giant Buddha. To give you an idea of it’s size, the hand of the Buddha is about the same height as a human.

We also visited Kofukuji Temple, which is within Nara park. I even ate miso flavored ice cream. It was pretty delicious! Make sure to look at the pictures here!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark says:

    Are you sure the antlers were cut, or were they just not “in season”, so to speak? Many deer and elk shed their antlers each year and this might not be the season for them. I don’t know that for sure, however….just a thought.

  2. everyinch says:

    Maybe, I’m not sure. But occasionally the males would butt people, so I could imagine for safety they may have the antlers cut. But you could be right!

  3. Helen says:

    Such wonderful photos! I think I recognize those sandals!

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