Oh, deer – that was a truly awful pun in the title.
Another beautiful spring day in Kansai, so I headed down to Nara on the Kintestu Line. I’d been to Nara a couple of times before but not for a few years. Saw a few familiar sights like Todaiji, home to the world’s largest wooden building and a Daibutsu to put inside it, and a couple of new ones in Kasuga Taisha and Yoshikien Garden.
I do love Nara, but comparatively speaking I think it’s even more overrun with tourists than Kyoto – largely because most of them are confined to the same tourist trails. It’s funny, but in Nara I actually found myself asking “Nihongo ga hanasemasuka?” when I wanted someone to snap a picture, because it seems as if you hear more Mandarin or Cantonese than Japanese there. This was also my first time in Nara not to be approached by middle schoolers (though as always there were boatloads of them there on their school trips) and asked to have a conversation in English.