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Nara Park / Nara Tour Vol. 2

COOL JAPANESE SCENE / Kansai & Kyoto (67) / Kansai & Kyoto (69)

Introduce herewith Nara Park and  Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine) as Nara Tour Vol. 2.
Please enjoy Nara which had been the Old Capital City of Japan named "Heijo‐Kyo (平城京)".
Nara Park /  Central city park with wild deer


Nara Park (Nara Koen) is a large, pleasant park in central Nara, established in 1880. It is the location of many of Nara's main attractions including Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum, a museum specializing in Buddhist art. 


 

(Deer in Nara Park)

The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered messengers of the gods in Shinto, Nara's deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated a National Treasure. 

 
Deer                                                                 Nara National Museum

 

Kasuga Taisha / Nara's most celebrated Shinto shrine

Kasuga Taisha is Nara's most celebrated shrine. It was established at the same time as the capital and dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. Kasuga Taisha was also the tutelary shrine of the Fujiwara, Japan's most powerful family clan of most of the Nara and Heian Periods. 


(Wisteria Blossoms)

Like the Ise Shrines, Kasuga Shrine had been periodically torn down and rebuilt every 20 years for many centuries. In case of the Kasuga Shrine, however, that Shinto custom was discontinued at the end of the Edo Period.



Kasuga Taisha is famous for its many lanterns which were donated by worshippers. The many bronze lanterns within the shrine and the hundreds of stone lanterns lining the shrine's approach are lit on the occasion of the Lantern Festivals in February and August. 

By T.S. on Aug 22, 2009

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