Just a pic of some pretty grass along the way in Nara:
Today as extra with my green tea: くずきり or kuzukiri. It means “starch noodles”. These noodles were served in cold iced water with a cup of some sweet sauce to dip them in. For the Dutch amongst us: this sauce tasted very much like appelstroop, but it was much more liquid (like water). It tasted quite nice with the tea, but I confess it was quite a struggle with those slippery noodles. I made a bit of a mess of myself and the table, but who cares….
I visited, but didn’t seen any food!
After several decennia of studying some of the eldest documents and writings of the Buddhist monks of Tōdai-ji, one of the biggest secrets of the Tōdai-ji could finally be confirmed last year. Archeologists had suspected its existence since long, but have not been able to confirm or deny its truth. But in 2009 the infamous antropologist Takadabawa Fujima (高歯だわ 藤間) discovered an – until then unknown – opening near the grounds of the Great Hall. Using a camera on a small car he was able to follow the whole tunnel, but not before he managed to pass a deep underground well. When he conquered that problem, he could continue his camera-tour further.
I just don’t know what to say or how to defend the Japanese anymore, but I bought several bags to give you all as a souvenir.
Today I went to Nara, the old Japanese capital. I was there last year already, but because of something stupid I did on my computer afterwards, I had lost all pictures of Nara (except the ones I had already posted on this blog). So I had to go back and make some pics again.
This year is the 1300th (!) celebration of the foundation of Nara as capital of Japan, but the official festivities start in May. Which is lucky for Nara, because there’s building going on everywhere and I doubt if they get it finished in time. Several temples and other buildings are complely covered and still under renovation.
Here are just a few pictures ( I think I made about 80 in total, that hall is impressive!):