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This year Nara, the first capital of Japan (710-794), celebrates 1300 years. Also a place I once spent a year in in my youth. But that’s a different story.
Today it was almost 40C and I had a meltdown after meeting the first deers in the park. A friendly lady in the restaurant where we were sitting noticed my distress and came to the rescue with a bag of ice. Back on my feet we visited the great Buddha in Todaiji temple, constantly stalked by cheeky deers.
Back in Kyoto after a nice bath there’s tonight’s sukiyaki to look forward to. I will become fat as a buddha.
A 2.20 hour trip from Tokyo we arrive in an even hotter Kyoto. 38 degrees C and our brains are about to shut down to save energy. But I’m in a yukata, sitting on a porch with a cold beer, an eight course traditional dinner, listening to the frogs croak and the carps jumping in the pond below our feet.
Tomorrow it is time to revisit my beloved Nara. And the cheeky deers!