Nara.

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 Nara left us both with mixed feelings. While we loved Todai-ji, the deer, the house we were staying at and the weather, we found the atmosphere a bit … particular and not as enjoyable as other cities in Japan. I have visited quite a few, from Hiroshima to Fukuoka and Kamakura, and they were all so different yet lively. Which is precisely what I felt like Nara was missing: life. It sure was pretty, and I liked it, but I missed the spirit, the life, the characteristic vibe that each city has and makes it so unique. You know how there are cities that you can never really picture in your head, which map you can not draw mentally? That’s also what happend with Nara. It was also really difficult to find places to eat, as a vegan, which wasn’t the case in Tokyo or Kyoto, and therefore, made our stay a bit of a struggle at times. But hey, it was Japan, and it was amazing nonetheless!
I guess Nara is a lovely city to visit for a couple of days, especially if you like quietness and are looking for a lot of historical legacy. I have nothing against those two things, but I tend to look for more popular and animated areas. In a way one could almost say that Nara was a bit too fancy for my own liking, but that should definitely not prevent you from visiting!
The sight of the Todai-ji is truly one to experience, I wasn’t expecting to feel deeply moved but when facing this huge wooden contrusction, I had a glimpse of harmony. The temple is perfect, and I felt as moved as when seeing the Coliseum in Rome. Stendhal was in awe in Florence, dazzled by the art, the beauty of the italian city, and while I never experience the Stendhal syndrom, I certainly did feel a strange and overwhelming feeling in front of a few monuments, Todai-ji was one of them.

(a video will be on my channel, if you’re interested in discovering more of Nara!)

 

 

 

8 Replies to “Nara.”

  1. Hm, it's tough when a place just feels kind of lacklustre … yet, your photos are full of charm and whimsy. I know the feeling you've experienced. It's too bad, but at the same time it's good to know how we jive with different places so we know whether or not to go back!

  2. une prochaine Parisienne says: Reply

    Salut ! C'est très grand endroit d'apparence ! Je n'y suis jamais allé, où vous avez visité maintenant mais je sais que c'est un endroit incroyable … Au fait, salutations de Finlande ! Je vivre là, si ma langue maternelle est finnois et j'ai parlé anglais beaucoup avant, mais maintenant je suis plus mieux en français, et c'est ma langue préféré. J'aime votre blog, c'est fantastique ! Donc, je crois que je pourrais comprendre beaucoup plus si vous écrivez quelque chose en français aussi … 🙂

  3. Hello:) I've just bumped into your blog and youtube channel and fell in love with it, I know that it'll sound weird (I feel that internet makes everything sound creepier than it is) but your videos and articles made me in a way relieved as they made me realise that there's someone out there in the world who's got similar worries and interests like me and that I'm not a lost case.. thank you for that:) I cannot wait to see more articles and videos:)) yvie

  4. Oh my goodness..the deer! It must be wonderful to spend time with them where they aren't afraid of humans. I took a road trip to Virginia last week and in one of the historic towns that we visited the deer much on the grass in the park, or just in people's backyards. They didn't come as close to us as the ones in your photos though.

  5. Salut Ame. J'aime vos images. Ils sont belle, interessant et donner un tres bonne perspective. Pardon mon Francais. J'apprends.

  6. Je suis desole si ceci vient deux fois. Je ne sais si mon premiere travaille. De toute facon, salut Ame. J'aime vos images. Ils sont tres belle, interessant et donner de tres bonne perspective. Pardon mon Francais, j'apprends.

  7. Bonjour! Je suis Nadia Rahmania, mais mes amis m'appellent Nara, comme votre titre de ce poste 🙂 Je suis indonésienne, et je suis étudiante de la langue française
    Enchantée 🙂

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