Nara

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Half of Nara is a sanctuary for deer.

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This small child was not afraid of the deer at all. It was later eaten messily.

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Nara, like Kyoto, is home to many major temples.

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Apparently this is the second largest pagoda in Japan, second only to one in Kyoto.

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There were many, many people out for first shrine visit.

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This quiet corner of the park was left in an 18th cent. state.

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On the other side of the quaint building.

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The deer would eat specially sold biscuits.

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... if they felt like it. They clearly knew that we were there for their amusement.

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More quaint.

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Another unafraid child, set out by the keepers to replace the one that was eaten. Note that they forgot to give it a pink hat.

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This deer was chasing the giggling woman along the path.

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We saw this a number of times: woman in full kimono with ripped jeans-wearing Hipster Boyfriend.

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We never did figure out what the pattern was to who was wearing kimono. These old ladies were.

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Small shrines lined the path and would hold candles at night.

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The lanterns were covered with papers with prayers on them.

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Through the gate into the temple grounds.

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The path in a pristine, mob-less state.

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At some point the path became a queue funneling past the temples.

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A blocked-off path.

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So! Many! People!

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Each courtyard was lined with booths selling fortunes and souvenirs.

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Two young women look over their fortunes.

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The crowd near the greatest temple.

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There were green fences to keep the money that people were throwing from flying wide and harming the temples.

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Once you bought your fortune and read it over, you tied it to a tree...

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... or to a trellis set up to handle the glut of fortunes...

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... and when your fortune had worn out and fallen, it would come true.

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Finally out of the crowd

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Small fountains and shrines were *everywhere*.