japan

We’ve arrived in Glasgow! More about that very soon but, for now, here are some moments captured on our 4-day stopover in Japan, where we caught up with friends just outside Osaka.

We spent a day in Nara, where sacred deer roam freely through all the temples and parks…

Temple guardian

Temple guardian

Mama and baby deer

Mama and baby deer

scottdeer

Scotto feeding the deer

Yoko and the deer

Yoko and the deer

Baby deer

Baby deer

And visited a number of temples, including Todai-ji, the largest timber structure in the world and home to a beautiful 15m buddha…

Todai-ji

Todai-ji

Daibutsu

Daibutsu (none of my photos turned out as it was so dark in there!)

Butterfly

Temple butterfly

Temple incense

Temple incense

Timberwork

Timberwork

Patterns on the steps up to Nigetsudo

Patterns on the steps up to Nigetsudo

Lantern carved with tomoe symbols

Lantern carved with tomoe symbols

Stairs at Nigetsudo

Stairs at Nigetsudo

Kaisuga Taisha

Kaisuga Taisha

Kaisuga Taisha, a glorious Shinto temple

Kaisuga Taisha, a glorious Shinto temple

And wandered the streets and temples of Kyoto…

Following the leader at the Emperor's residence

Following the leader at the Emperor’s residence

On the way to Kiyomizudera

On the way to Kiyomizudera

Maiko

Maiko

Beautiful paneling and timber

Beautiful paneling and timber

Swan

Swan

Exquisite woodwork

Exquisite woodwork

And I snuck in a bit of plant hunting too!

Winter-flowering sakura or cherry

Winter-flowering sakura or cherry

Wintersweet

Wintersweet

Willow

Beautifully pruned willow

The 800 year-old wisteria at Kaisuga Taisha

The 800 year-old wisteria at Kaisuga Taisha

Mossy tree

Mosses and ferns cohabiting this tree

The ubiquitous Japanese camellia with a chirpy little friend

The ubiquitous Japanese camellia with a chirpy little friend

All in all, a brief but very lovely visit that I’m sure we’ll repeat on the way to or from Australia!

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