You might think that spending two weeks in a country is not long to absorb the culture, but it was long enough for us to realise that Japanese people like all things precise – like the lines of Japanese Lanterns at Nara Japan. This love of precision extends to temple trees that receive delicately manicures with hand scissors, while parkland trees have their posture corrected – supported by poles like the elderly citizens they are.
Being a Virgo, my brain likes orderly lines. Friends and family might argue my compatibility with this Zodiac Sign as a cosmic mistake, taking into consideration my dislike of housework.
My latent Virgo sensibilities were however excited by Nara Japan with it’s endless lines of Japanese lanterns.
Nigatsu-do Temple Nara
The Japanese lanterns below are on the balcony at Nigatsu-do Temple, a sub temple of Todai-ji where we saw Nara’s Daibutsu or giant Buddha.
In the courtyard out the back the ritual water cleansing station has a line of white lanterns, three of which are shown below.
Marty purchased a refreshing cold orange drink from the… lines of bottles, in the vending machine only to discover it was a boiling hot orange drink. Only in Japan would a vending machine discharge both hot and cold drinks.
A Shrine close to Hokke-do Hall with it’s precise traditional bunting and aluminium chairs.
As we walked toward Kasuga Taisha shrine I noticed multiple lines of moss covered standing Lanterns. Ooh and lines of concrete in the pathway and see the steps in the background…
I love these lanterns being held in check by the rope lines.
Lines of Lanterns and “Ema” wishing plaques. Ema are timber votives with wishes written on them. This is a Shinto tradition but they are found at tempoes as well as Shinto Shrines. Buddhism and Shintoism mix freely in Japan.
Nara Kasuga Shrine
These lines of lanterns lead to Nara Kasuga Shrine. Donated by Japanese people they are lit twice a year. What a sight that would be.
Japanese lanterns at Nara Kasuga shrine.
Meoto Daikokusha Shrine Nara
Exploring nearby we discovered Meoto Daikokusha, a shrine dedicated to matchmaking and marriage as suggested by the lines of Pink Heart Ema Votives.
Japanese Name Plates
We’d left the shrine and were walking back toward Sanjo Dori when I came across a final line, this time of Japanese Name Plates erected at the side of the path. These are the names of people who have donated.
Budget Travel Tips
These Japanese lanterns are free to view. They are all situated in Nara-koen in an L shaped forest walk from Nigatsu-do to Kasuga Taisha back toward Sanjo Dori. Just walk through the forest and you will find the lanterns.
I’ve linked to Nancie’s Travel Photo Thursday over at Budget Travelers Sandbox.