Kasuga Taisha Shrine, located in Nara Park and sandwiched between the huge temple complexes of Kofuku-ji and Todai-ji Temples, is one of the icons of Nara. Walking through the long, wide approach, we see lots of deer pleasantly playing around and grazing on the grass, people reading, eating and drinking, or just enjoying a slow time. In May, the sweet fragrance of wisteria fills the precincts of this shrine. Especially, Manyo Botanical Garden within the shrine, is pleasing to the eye with its gorgeous flowers. In summer and winter, 3000 dedicated lanterns are lit as a memorial service to all our ancestors (万灯籠 Manto-ro). It takes place on August 14,15 and February 3 every year.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。