25th October, 2006 - So far we have travelled through Buddha's Nara... clean, grand, and a testament to human striving to conquer the world, and our own frailties. There is however another Nara, just as ancient if not more so... beyond the vermilion torii... This world is much older and much more primal in nature. It is a world of the Shinto spirit (or kami) worship. As you move further into Nara Kōen, you find yourself moving deeper and deeper into the old Japan... although this is hardly the wilds of Japan. For a good feel of Shinto beliefs and shrines, please pop into More Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan which is one of the best blogs on traditional Japan on the net.
And of course - Japan is famous for it's trees. This one has most probably been through a bit...
As you move past the Takuyama Hachiman-gu again, you will eventually reach a street of tourist and food shops, at the top of the park. After a long day of walking around, the food was welcome (especially for T-chan), but don't expect the Ritz. Pretty basic tourist standard.
Next stop... the time before yore. That's right.... it's pre-yore.