Todai-ji and The Daibutsu

April 18, 2007

This is the world’s largest wooden building (or so I’m told) which houses one of the world’s largest bronze statues. They’re situated in Nara Park and constitute one of the biggest tourist destinations in Japan. It’s truly a breathtaking sight and a camera just can’t adequately capture the scale.

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Throughout the park there are herds of sickly reindeer that follow tourist around for “deer cookies” which are sold at stands that look something akin to hotdog stands. At first I thought it was pretty cool, but after an hour of smelling deer shit and having these mangy creatures follow me around trying to get at the crackers in my bag I wasn’t so keen.

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