It is raining cats and dogs here in London and as I write this the wind is thrashing away at my window. Somehow this takes my mind back to another rainy day…….
Once upon a rainy day we took a long stroll through Nara. Through town, park and primeval forest we walked. Past curious deer, lichen covered stone lanterns and soaked tourists. Till, eventually we reached the famous Kasuga Taisha.
Kasuga Taisha is situated in the east section of Nara Park. It takes about 30 minutes to walk here from Kintetsu Nara train station and the walk is wonderful and full of delights along the way. It will take you through the Kasugayama forest which alongside the shrine is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The forest is home to 175 kinds of trees and it feels sacred somehow. Perhaps this is because it retains the look and feel of Old Japan.
Kasuga Taisha is famed for its lanterns. Hundreds of thousands of them have been donated by worshippers and now hang from the buildings in striking formation.
It was such a wet day. So wet that we spotted tiny crabs scampering in the mossy banks along the path through the forest. The rain fell relentlessly yet somehow our spirits were not dampened. The contrasting bright red against the dull skies was mesmerising and beautiful.
If you would like to read more about the history of Kasugai Taisha, please take a look here : WIKIPEDIA