Today Chris and I ventured out of the bustling city and took the train about 40 minutes to Nara. I had no idea what to expect but my expectations were blown away by the beauty of this ancient town. We walked back in time to 700ad and visited temples, shrines and pagodas. Once the Capitol of Japan and host to some significant world heritage sites, this was a sacred stop. We wound through the large wooden Todaiji temple with the Buddha welcoming us in. We wound up stone steps past lanterns and forests lining the path. We viewed sacred spaces where worshippers come to lay down their burdens. Lining the walkways were shrines, each having their own offering of incense or candles. Many of the prayers were written on wooden tablets and hung, or on white paper and tied to the trees. The beauty of the natural space and the sacred man made creations of lanterns and shrines reminds me in my own culture and faith that I do not set aside enough time to be with God. This is a sweet example of how I can draw from other cultures. The walk lead us thru two downpours, and pods of deer waiting for tourists to feed them. Did I mention there are 1200 dear in Nara!! We only saw half of them. I am returning on the train to Namba feeling grateful for this experience and lucky to be here.