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…
Mama and baby deer
Scotto feeding the deer
Yoko and the deer
And visited a number of temples, including Todai-ji, the largest timber structure in the world and home to a beautiful 15m buddha…
Daibutsu (none of my photos turned out as it was so dark in there!)
Patterns on the steps up to Nigetsudo
Lantern carved with tomoe symbols
Stairs at Nigetsudo
Kaisuga Taisha, a glorious Shinto temple
And wandered the streets and temples of Kyoto…
Following the leader at the Emperor’s residence
On the way to Kiyomizudera
Beautiful paneling and timber
And I snuck in a bit of plant hunting too!
Winter-flowering sakura or cherry
Beautifully pruned willow
The 800 year-old wisteria at Kaisuga Taisha
Mosses and ferns cohabiting this tree
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!