Autumn Story In Japan 2013 – Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine)

We need to walk a long way along the 春日大社参道 to Kasuga Taisha and it’s all stone path.

Kasuga Taisha is famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshipers. Hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings, while as many stone lanterns line its approaches along the way.

Deers can be seen along the pathway too! They are looking too innocent and cute, and some are secretly hiding behind the stone lanterns looking at me. 😀

Finally we reach Kasuga Taisha! It’s some festival on that day but as my Japanese is quite limited, I only know it’s some 20th something going on?! Hur. So there’s this sorta flea market set up which sells various home-cooked Japanese food. We buy some to try and it is good! Especially love the Oden!

Kasuga Taisha is Nara’s most celebrated shrine. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city.

Kasuga Taisha was also the tutelary shrine of the Fujiwara, Japan’s most powerful family clan during most of the Nara and Heian Periods. Like the Ise Shrines, Kasuga Taisha had been periodically rebuilt every 20 years for many centuries. In the case of Kasuga Taisha, however, the custom was discontinued at the end of the Edo Period.

These are ema for couples. I guessed, from the heart shape of the ema and the contents that are written on them. BTW, further into the shrine requires entrance fee and since my friend is not interested to pay for entrance, we just walk around the free area. Plus it is really crowded!

Cute little Japanese boy! Due to the festival, a lot of Japanese dressed up their children to visit the shrine. And this little boy is dressed in such a beautiful piece that I can’t resist but take a photo with him. He is so kawaii that he also show a peace sign when I show mine while taking the photo. 🙂

Lovely deers loving each other. 😛

The deers are so near to me that I suddenly thought of taking a selfie with them. All is good when the deer turn it’s head all of a sudden and nearly smack onto my face if I didn’t react in time by moving back! Lol! And so end up with this photo of the deer looking as if it is kissing me. Wah~~~ And an auntie subsequently copied me by also taking a selfie with the same deer. Opps. What did I bring upon the deers?! >.<


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