(Kyoto-92/Nara Trip 1)日本美味しいもの巡り Japan delicious food and wine tour

(奈良1:東大寺辺り)

京都ステイ2日目。朝から1時間弱のドライブで、晩秋の奈良へぶらり。まず春日神社の神使の鹿にご挨拶。

(Nara Trip 1: around Todaiji Temple)
Second day in Kyoto.  In the morning, took a short one-hour drive to Nara in late autumn. First, greeted the deer, a messenger of gods at Kasuga Shrine.

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東大寺」の「大仏殿」の屋根が美しい。金色の鴟尾”(しび)は火除けのまじないと言われ、江戸時代の再築の際に設置されたらしい。

The roof of Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) at Todaiji Temple was beautiful.  The golden shibi was said a spell to ward off fire, and was installed when the hall was rebuilt in the Edo period.
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東大寺「転害門」から入る。東大寺創建当時のもので、さすが国宝、堂々としている。

Entered through Tengakimon Gate of Todaiji Temple.  This gate was built when Todaiji Temple was founded, and is indeed a national treasure with an imposing appearance.
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前には転害門カフェ。ナチュラルなフルーツジュースが美味しい。店の前では焼き芋を焼いていた。

In front was Tenggemun Cafe.  Their natural fruit juice was delicious.  In front of the shop, they were baking baked potatoes.
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真っ赤に染まった紅葉に向こうに東大寺大仏殿の屋根。

The roof of Todaiji's Great Buddha Hall over the red-tinted autumn leaves.
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正面から見た東大寺大仏殿。国宝。東大寺南都六宗の一つ、華厳宗の総本山。

Great Buddha Hall of Todaiji Temple seen from the front.  A national treasure.  Todaiji is the head temple of Kegon Buddhism, one of the six Nanto Buddhism schools.

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大仏様は本当に大きくて毎度圧倒される。そして、いつも変わらず優しいお顔をされている。

Great Buddha was really big and overwhelms every time.  And his face was always as kind as ever.
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大仏殿から「二月堂」へ。旧暦2月にお水取りが行われる寺院。国宝。

From Great Buddha Hall to the "Nigatsudo".  This hall was where Omizutori is held in February of the lunar calendar.  A national treasure.
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二月堂の回廊から奈良市街を望む。遠くに生駒山

A view of Nara City from the corridor of Nigatsudo Hall.  Mt. Ikoma's view in the distance.
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隣接する「三月堂」。国宝。

The adjacent "Sangatsudo".  A national treasure.
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正倉院」は平日のみ開館の為、外から眺める。国宝。

Shosoin Hall was only open on weekdays, so saw it from the outside.  A national treasure.

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(奈良2へ続く)

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