Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Japanese Sweet Potato and an Adventure in Nara

Nara was the first permanent capital of Japan (not for long though, only about 70 years) before the capital was established in Kyoto for more than a thousand years, and is where Buddhism was first established in Japan. It is a 40 minute train ride away from Kyoto, and we spent half a day there exploring the ancient city, which apart from its many temples, is also famous for its free-roaming deer in the Nara park. I bought a Japanese sweet potato which smelled so good steaming over a wood-fired oven (check out the first picture) and got chased by hungry deer while trying to eat it. Quite the little adventure.

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